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lesser swamp warbler

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Lesser swamp-warblers (Acrocephalus gracilirostris) have a wider habit and distribution range than the greater swamp-warbler. This species is also known as the Cape reed warbler and inhabit reeds and bulrushes that stand in water of lagoons, rivers, estuaries and marshes.

Distribution: From the Kunene River mouth to Epupa Falls, Etosha National Park, Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip). Common all along the Orange River including Fish River Canyon. Other scattered populations around the country can be observed.

Diet: Forages low down on reeds, just above the water line, amongst leaf litter and tree foliage in close proximity to reeds for mostly invertebrates and possibly small frogs.

Description: Brown upper parts, with a redder rump. Gracilirostris indicates 'slender-billed'.

Breeding: Females only build a dead reed leave nest whilst the male sings from a prominent perch. Usually 2 or 3 eggs are laid between August and March and incubated for around 14 days.

Size: 18cm. Weight: 14g.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

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