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peregrine falcon

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: The Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) is a wanderer. They inhabit mainly mountainous, coastal or riparian regions, and high cliffs are preferred for roosting and breeding grounds. Usually found singly or in pairs.

Distribution: High density concentrations can be found on Waterberg Plateau. Also found in Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls, Kaudom Game Park, Caprivi, Swakopmund and the Orange River.

Diet: Hunts from perch and along cliff faces for pigeons and doves, swifts, starlings and sandgrouse. Also eats bats and occasionally insects.

Description: Often confused with the slimmer Lanner falcon which has relatively longer, but blunter-ended wings and parallel-sided (as opposed to slightly tapered) tail.

Breeding: A simple scrape on the ground or cavity on a cliff suffices for a nest where the female lays between 1 and 4 eggs from late July to early November.

Size: 40cm. Weight: 700g.

Camp Elephant | Erindi

Self catering units on a large, well stocked, private game reserve

Aloe Grove Safari Lodge

A small private safari lodge north of Otjiwarongo

Waterberg Rest Camp

The NWR run camp situated on the slopes of the plateau. Fairly standard and slightly overpriced accommodation, the old police station which has been converted to a restaurant is a scenic (if not taste) highlight.

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