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malachite sunbird

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: In Namibia, malachite sunbirds (Nectarinia famosa) favour riverine thornbush as well as mountain grasslands. A regular bather, they are usually observed singly or in pairs. They hibernate at night to conserve energy (torpor).

Distribution: The extreme south southern regions of Namibia only around Rosh Pinah/Fish River Canyon and along some locations along the Orange River.

Diet: Eats mainly nectar and spiders and will also take pollen.

Description: A large sunbird with a long, black decurved bill. Bright metallic green overall plumage, with a blackish tail.

Breeding: A dome-shaped nest made from dry grass, plant down and spider web is built by the female only in around 15 days. Usually 2 eggs are laid from August to January and incubated for around 14 days.

Size: 25cm. Weight: 18g.

Bahnhof Hotel

A lovely country hotel in the small village of Aus

Eagles Nest Lodge

Self-catering, rock bungalows on the Klein Aus Vista property. As Eagles Nest has no restaurant facilities guests are welcome to use the restaurant at Desert Horse Inn. This is a beautiful place to spend a few nights enjoying the beauty of southern Namibia

Desert Horse Inn

Named after the desert horses which are one of the main reasons for visiting the area, this is the more main stream lodge on the Klein Aus Vista property

Namibia Tours