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lesser striped swallow

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Lesser striped swallows (Hirundo abyssinica amplifrmis) are often observed singly, in pairs or family groups in open grassy areas, forest edges and clearings, sparse woodland and open savannah. They are uncommon in urban and suburban areas.

Distribution: Northern Namibia only such as Epupa Falls, Rundu, Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

Diet: Forages over grassland and woodland for insects disturbed by livestock activity. Plucks caterpillars from crops and eats fruit.

Description: Smaller than greater striped swallow, but has a paler but more chestnut coloured rump, with less heavily streaked underparts than its larger counterpart.

Breeding: Both male and female take up to 7 weeks to build a mud pellet bowl, lined with feathers and grass. Usually 3 eggs are laid year-round and incubated for up to 3 weeks.

Size: 18cm. Weight: 17g.

Oryx Self Drive

3 Days - A self drive trip to the dunes at Sossusvlei

Dolphin Self Drive

3 Days - Two nights in the coastal town of Swakopmund, this is the ideal get-away for those living or working in Windhoek. Includes a catamaran cruise on the Walvis Lagoon

Elephant Self Drive

4 Days - Elephants, rhino, zebra & giraffe are just some of the animals you can expect to see while you are in Etosha

Springbuck Self Drive

8 Days - Etosha, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei are the highlights of this trip

Warthog Self Drive

8 Days - Etosha, Erongo Mountains and Sossusvlei

Rhino Self Drive

10 Days - Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei

Puku Self Drive

10 Days - Botswana & Namibia combination self drive - includes Etosha Park and a mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta

Porcupine Self Drive

12 Days - Okonjima Bush Camp, Etosha, Damaraland, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei

Meerkat Self Drive

14 Days - Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus & Kalahari Desert

Leopard Self Drive

20 Days - Visits all the best Namibia has to offer including Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, elephant tracking, the Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus Vista, Fish River Canyon & Kalahari Deserts

Lechwe Self Drive

21 Days - Visits the highlights of Central and Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region (formerly Caprivi), Vic Falls & the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Honey Badger Self Drive

24 Days - As you would expect from our longest self drive safari, it visits most of Namibia including Owamboland & Kaokoland - two areas which seldom appear on trips through the country

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