Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Palm-nut vultures (Gypohierax angolensis) are uncommon and localized in Namibia and are linked to the presence of the Kosi Palm (Raphia australis) which grows near water bodies, often estuaries, freshwater lakes and swamps. They can be observed early morning in pairs, sunbathing and preening on the top of palm trees and other high vantage points.
Diet: Eats mainly palm fruits. Also snatches fish, crabs, termites, roadkills such as birds, rodents, tree frogs, locusts, snails dung beetles and flying ants.
Description: Large, slender vultures with long, slender and pointed wings. They have small feet with sharp claws. Gypohierax is Greek for 'vulture and eagle'.
Breeding: A nest consists of a large platform of sticks lined with with dry grass, where only 1 large broad oval egg is laid and incubated for up to 47 days by both male and female.
Size: 60cm. Weight: 1.6kg.
3 Days - A Sossusvlei trip including guided nature drives & visits to the dunes as well as a balloon safari
3 Days - NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful desert areas in Namibia - this fully inclusive trip visits this scenic area
3 Days - Swakopmund on the Namibian coast is the destination of this self drive tour
4 Days - Etosha & Ongava reserve offer excellent wildlife viewing
12 Days - Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha & Ongava Reserves, Okonjima