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Orange river white-eye

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Orange River white-eyes (Zosterops pallidus) are resident and common in thorny vegetation, wooded gardens, parks, streets in towns, Eucalyptus plantations and poplar groves. A leader member of a group will fly from one tree to another once an area has been gleaned of food. Eventually the other flock members will follow.

Distribution: Widespread along the Orange River and in the Fish River Canyon. These white-eyes range inland from Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, along the Swakop and Kuiseb River watercourses. Found in other scattered locations of southern, central and northern Namibia including Etosha National Park.

Diet: Probes in crevices and under bark for insects and berries.

Description: Upper parts mainly pale olive green less for a characteristic black stripe that extends from the base of the bill through the lores to the front of the eye. There is also a yellow stripe that extends over the base of the upper mandible. Before a song starts, a quiet stammer can be heard.

Breeding: Little is known of their breeding habits. Females usually lay 3 eggs between October and March.

Size: 12cm. Weight: 9g.

Etosha Village

40 Room lodge only 4km from the park. Offers self catering units and a restaurant


Situated inside the Etosha Park some of the units available here offer self catering opportunities


Extremely busy accommodation inside the park with a good spot-lit waterhole, great choice if location is deciding factor on where to stay

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