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pied kingfisher

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) inhabit any water body that has small fish which includes rivers, streams, ephemeral pans, lakes, estuaries, rocky coasts and temporarily flooded areas. They are mostly resident in the country moving only for seasonal changes, usually in large numbers, believed to be in response to changing water levels.

Distribution: Epupa Falls, Kunene River estuary, Rundu, Bwabwata National Park, Kwando River region extending to the Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. There are scattered populations extending throughout the southern regions of the country which include Etosha National Park, Windhoek down to the Fish River Canyon and the Orange River.

Diet: Plunges underwater to catch fish battered to death before swallowing head first. Eats invertebrates, crabs and aquatic and terrestrial insects, including dragonflies, grasshoppers and water beetles.

Description: Medium-sized kingfishers. The word rudis is Latin for foil, which refers to the long, pointed bill of the pied kingfisher who are predominately black and white in colour. Ceryle is Greek for kingfisher. A characteristic feature is their highly vocal, frequent, chattering, high-pitched call.

Breeding: Between 1 and 7 eggs are laid in most months, perhaps less for August to October when water levels are at their lowest outside of the permanent water course range. Incubation periods are around 18 days in nest which can take up to 11 weeks to excavate.

Size: 24cm. Weight: 85g.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

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