Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Red-billed oxpeckers (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) also have sharp claws and short legs adapted for clinging onto to large mammals. In addition to the host animals associated with its yellow-billed counterpart, this species also cling to warthog, common waterbuck. The hosting restriction in the Caprivi Strip also apply.Distribution: North-eastern Namibia only, notably along the Kavango and Kwando Rivers. Common in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.
Diet: All food is taken from host's body surface. Eats mostly ticks and feeds on wounds, often keeping injury open to encourage blood flow, which at the same time keeps the area free from infection.Description: Dark brown upperparts, dark brown wings, red bill and eyes, black legs and feet. Erythrorhynchus is Greek for 'red-billed'. Slightly small, and often confused with the yellow-billed oxpecker.
Breeding: From 2 to 5 eggs are laid October to December and incubated by both male and female for around 13 days. Tree holes are lined with hair from hosts, along with dung, rootlets and grass.
Size: 20cm. Weight: 50g.
3 Days - A self drive trip to the dunes at Sossusvlei
3 Days - Two nights in the coastal town of Swakopmund, this is the ideal get-away for those living or working in Windhoek. Includes a catamaran cruise on the Walvis Lagoon
4 Days - Elephants, rhino, zebra & giraffe are just some of the animals you can expect to see while you are in Etosha
8 Days - Etosha, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei are the highlights of this trip
8 Days - Etosha, Erongo Mountains and Sossusvlei
10 Days - Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei
10 Days - Botswana & Namibia combination self drive - includes Etosha Park and a mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta
12 Days - Okonjima Bush Camp, Etosha, Damaraland, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei
14 Days - Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus & Kalahari Desert
20 Days - Visits all the best Namibia has to offer including Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, elephant tracking, the Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus Vista, Fish River Canyon & Kalahari Deserts
21 Days - Visits the highlights of Central and Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region (formerly Caprivi), Vic Falls & the Okavango Delta in Botswana
24 Days - As you would expect from our longest self drive safari, it visits most of Namibia including Owamboland & Kaokoland - two areas which seldom appear on trips through the country