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Pale-winged starling

Birds of Namibia

Introdction: Although pale-winged starlings (Onychognathus nabouroup) are dependent on rocky hills or valleys for breeding and roosting sites, towns also attract this species, mainly for them to search for food. Flocks or small parties are the norm, as is drinking and bathing regularly.

Distribution: From the extreme north of Namibia including Epupa Falls south through the drier western regions of the country to the Fish River Canyon and the Orange River. Range includes Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast, Erongo Mountains and the central plateau.

Diet: Eats insects such as grasshoppers and beetles as well as fruit, pollen and nectar.

Description: A large starling with a black bill and legs and a predominately glossy black plumage with white wing patches. Onychognathus is a combination of Greek words which refer to the bill, which resembles a nail or claw.

Breeding: Both male and females provide sticks and dry grass stems to build a nest. From 2 to 5 eggs are laid November to April and incubated for around 25 days.

Size: 26cm. Weight: 100g.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

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