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Birds of Namibia

There is 1 family in the Order Columbiformes, Family Columbidae which are pigeons and doves.


Pigeons and doves are small to large birds with short bills on rounded heads. Their plumage is usually grey or grey and brown, with colourful patches on the wings and necks. Characteristics include short necks, rounded short to long wings, and square or graduated tails. They eat mainly seeds and fruit, although some invertebrates are taken. Nests are nothing more than a flat, shakey, twig and rootlet affair built in the tree canopy or in a bush, a hole in a cliff or on the ground. Pigeons and doves are found wOrange Riverdwide except for the polar regions. Columba is the Latin word for a pigeon or a dove. There are 9 species of this family found in Namibia. They are:

Fish River Lodge Hikes

5, 3 or 2 Days - hiking trails in the Fish River Canyon. Hikers carry a day pack and additional luggage is transported to the overnight stops

Mundulea Walking Trails

3 or 4 Days - Absolutely brilliant! One of the best experiences in Namibia

Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail

3 Days - Excellent guided walking trail on the NamibRand private reserve (near Sossusvlei)

Namib Mountain Trail

A day hike between two lodges on the very edge of the Namib Desert

Rostock Ritz Hiking

The Rostock Ritz Lodge north of Sossusvlei (en-route to Swakopmund) has a variety of guided and un-guided hikes ranging in duration from an hour to an entire day

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve Hiking

A lodge on the edge of the Namib Desert which offers exceptional hiking & walking

Namibia Safaris