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lizard buzzard

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Little is known of the general habits of the lizard buzzard (Kaupifalco monogrammicus) who inhabit savannah woodland, perching in a tree, or under cover. The destruction of woodland is the main contributing factor to their demise, although they are not a threatened species.

Distribution: North and north-eastern scattered Namibia populations including the Caprivi, Etosha National Park.

Diet: Forages from perch over long ground, catching prey after a short swoop to the ground. Takes lizards from trees and walls. Eats mostly small snakes, lizards, frogs, rodents, grasshoppers, spiders and on rare occasions small birds.

Description: Monogrammicus refers to the single mark, signed, on the throat.

Breeding: Male and females build nest made of sticks and lined with green leaves, pine needles and grass. Between 1 and 3 white to greenish, oval eggs are laid and incubated for around 33 days.

Size: 36cm. Weight: 300g

Black Thorn Self Drive

3 Days - A short visit to the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

Welwitschia Self Drive

3 Days - Get away to Swakopmund on the coast - includes sandboarding on the Namib Dunes as well as a dolphin cruise

Moringa Self Drive

4 Days - A game viewing trip to the famous Etosha National Park

Acacia Self Drive

8 Days - Combines a visit to Etosha National Park, with some time at Swakopmund and then the dunes at Sossusvlei

Marula Self Dive

9 Days - Southern Namibia: Fish River, Luderitz, Sossusvlei with some self catering accommodation.

Camelthorn Self Drive

10 Days - The classic northern and central Namibia trip. Includes Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, rock art in Damaraland, Cape Cross & Swakopmund and ends with two night near the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Jackalberry Self Drive

10 Days - A combination of Namibia & Botswana. Highlights include game viewing in the Etosha Park & a trip in a traditional dug out canoe in the Okavango Delta Panhandle.

Quiver tree Self Drive

14 Days - Two weeks worth of travel allow you to visit everything that is included in the Camelthorn Self Drive and add the vast expanses of southern Namibia. Additional stops include Luderitz, the Fish River Canyon and a night in the Kalahari Desert

Makalani Self Drive

20 Days - This includes Waterberg, Etosha, a visit to the densely populated Owamboland region on the Angolan border, Kaokoland and the nomadic Himba People, rock art and desert elephants in Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Luderitz, the Fish River and Kalahari.

Baobab Self Drive

20 Days - A circular route that includes Sossusvlei, the highlights of Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region and Chobe, Vic Falls and the Okavango Delta in Botswana

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