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marico sunbird

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Dry Acacia savannah, broad-leaved woodland with river thorn and forest fringing swampland are the preferred habitat of the Marico sunbird (Cinnyris mariquensis). Although they are often observed singly or in pairs, they often gather in mixed flocks with other nectar-seeding sunbirds.

Distribution: Mainly central Namibia extending north to the Oshikato Region and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

Diet: Prefers to probe flowers from perch, gleaning flies, caterpillars, small moths, spiders and termites. Visits blue thorn flowers, coral trees, wild dagga and jacaranda.

Description: Predominantly an iridescent green colour with a blackish brown tail and dark brown flight feathers.

Breeding: Females build a pear-shaped nest in under 12 days made from grass stems bound by spider web. Usually 2 eggs are laid from January to February and incubated by the female only for around 14 days.

Size: 11cm. Weight: 11g.

Ongula Village Homestead Lodge

A traditional Owambo homestead which offers a unique opportunity of interacting with the local community while getting involved in local activities such as cattle herding and basket making.

Ruacana Eha Lodge

Situated at the Ruacana falls on the Namibia / Angola border - this lodge serves as a gateway between Kaokoland and Owamboland

Uukwaluhdi Safari Lodge

North of Etosha, east of Osahakati & west of Opuwo this remote lodge is situated on the vast plains of the Omusati Region. Attractions here include tracking Black Rhino.

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