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Cuculiformes

Birds of Namibia

There are 2 Families in the Order Cuculiformes, the Family Cuculidae which are cuckoos and malkohas and the Family Centropodidae which are coucals.

FAMILY CUCULIDAE

These are small to large cuckoos with slender bills, straight or decurved. Their plumage is brown, grey, black, glossy green, violet, or yellow. Cuckoos mainly eat insects although some species specialize in caterpillars. Eggs vary in colour and females lay between 2 and 6 which a short incubation period, unusual for such a large bird. There are 10 species of cuckoos found in Namibia.

FAMILY CENTROPODIDAE

Coucals are non-parasite cuckoos with short wings and long, graduated tails. Male and females are alike in plumage but females are smaller with shorter bills and tails. Other features include strong, arched bills, usually with an hooked tip and a long, almost straight, hind claw. Calls are a deep hoot and coucals are poor flyers who tend to run on the ground or move stealthily around in dense vegetation.

Their diet consists mainly of large insects and small invertebrates such as lizards and snakes, nestlings or eggs. Entrance to a nest is from the side of a domed structure built by the male. Centropus is Greek for spike foot referring to the long, straight hallux (backwards) claw featured in most species. There are 4 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

Waterberg Hike

4 Days - Guided hike on the Waterberg Plateau

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)

Dune Star Camp

Several rustic log cabins in the Namib Desert which can only be reached via a short and informative guided hike

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