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mountain wheatear

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: As you might expect, mountain wheatears (Oenanthe monticola) inhabit small cliffs, mountain slopes with boulders and rocky hills, as well as farmyards and gardens found in these locations. Monticola is the Latin phrase for 'living in mountains'. This species is also known as the mountain chat.

Distribution: Widespread in western Namibia including the northern Namib Desert, Skeleton Coast and for most of the central escarpment. Present in Etosha National Park. Absent from the most of the north-eastern regions of the country.

Diet: Forages around rocks and on the ground for spiders, millipedes, grasshoppers, termites, bugs, beetles, weevils and flies.

Description: Ashy grey body and underwing, underparts a pale ashey grey with a white belly. Males have a loud song, full of trills and mixed notes, delivered from a prominent perch.

Breeding: Nests are made from grass, twigs, plant material and dry woody stems.

Size: 18cm. Weight: 34g.

Bullsport Guest Farm

The settlement of Bullsport is marked on nearly every map, however it consists of little more than this friendly guest farm. The owners are welcoming and eager to share their Namibian experiences. Great for hiking and horse riding.

Capricorn Rest Camp

A small, budget friendly, owner operated rest camp, with individual bungalows & campsites. Great for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life

Naukluft Camp - Kudus Rus

Located in the mountainous Naukluft section of the Namib Naukluft Park, this is an ideal base for hikers or those wanting to relax at the crystal clear rock pools that amazingly exist in the desert environment

Neuras Wine Estate

One of the finest desert wine estates in the world can be found on the edge of the Namib Desert. The estate offers accommodation & wine tasting tours

Tsauchab River Camp

A small lodge on the banks of the Tsauchab River - an excellent place for walking and enjoying the surrounding scenery. Visitors are welcomed by an amazing arrary of metal sculptures

Zebra River Lodge

Another excellent place for hiking, in the Tsaris Mountains. If you want a genuinely warm welcome at a special lodge then this is an excellent choice. Zebra River can be used as a base for visits to the dunes at Sossusvlei, but is best used to relax and walk on the massive lodge property

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