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Red-faced mousebird

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Red-faced mousebirds (Urocolius indicus) are usually found in groups of between 3 and 10 in Acacia savannah with thickets and woodland along seasonal and perennial rivers. They also frequent gardens and orchards.

Distribution: Absent from the mouth of the Orange River to Walvis Bay but common throughout the rest of Namibia.

Diet: Forages in fruiting trees as well as bushes and trees. Eats flowers and fruits such as jackal-berries, figs, mistletoe, mulberries, apricots, peaches, guavas and grapes.

Description: Greyish mousebirds with large wings and short legs.

Breeding: Between 1 and 7 eggs are laid between September and February with an incubation period of up to 15 days.

Size: 33cm. Weight: 55g.

Ababis Guest Farm

One of the regions oldest farms, suitable for dune and Naukluft Mountain visits

Barchan Dune Retreat

A small lodge situated close to the spectacular Spreetzhoogte pass and around 10km from Solitaire

Kuangukuangu Luxury Cabin

A private and secluded hide-a-way in the Namib Desert. Ideal for those wanting a break from civilization

Rostock Ritz

Excellent food, too far to be the ideal base to visit Sossusvlei, good stop en-route to Swakopmund after night nearer the dunes

Solitaire Country Lodge

Budget option in Namibia's most famous one-horse town

Solitaire Guest Farm

Friendly owners and a stunning setting about 60km from Sesriem

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve

Explore the spectacular desert around this property or use it as a base to visit Sossusvlei.

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