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reed cormorant

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Reed cormorants (Phalacrocorax africanus) are regular prey to the African fish eagle and occasionally the tawny eagle and black sparrowhawk. This can occur in any freshwater habitat except for very fast-flowing streams. Rests on banks or in reeds after periods of low swimming in shallow water. Performs a rather take-off from the water, running along the surface of the water, using wings and feet to gain momentum.

Distribution Mostly along major river systems such as the Kunene, Kavango, Zambezi and Chobe Rivers. Also found in Etosha National Park, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay and other central and northern ranges. Abundant in Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Feeds with flocks of great white pelicans, often swallowing small prey underwater, larger prey bought to the surface and swallowed head first. Eats mainly fish, frogs and occasionally small birds.

Description Glossy black body. Very similar to crowned cormorant in marine habitats, but slightly smaller in size.

Breeding: Nests with other water birds such as cattle egrets, African darters and black-headed herons. An untidy platform of sticks and reeds, holds a shallow cup lined with grass. Females lay between 1 and 6 eggs, year-round and incubated for around 24 days.

Size: 60cm. Weight: 580g. Wingspan: 90cm.

Namibia Explorer

10 Days - An excellent first time visitors tour. Includes: Africat, Etosha Park, Damaraland, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Delta & Falls Safari

9 Days - Starting in Windhoek this is primarily a Botswana trip - visiting the Okavango Delta and ending in Vic Falls

Namibia Family Adventure Safari

10 days - Aimed specifically at families, this safari visits all the major sites on the country and includes a series of activities & adventures that will appeal to both children & adults

Southern Swing

7 Days - The granddaddy of Namibian safaris - visits Fish River, Luderitz & Sossusvlei. Combine with the Northern Adventure for the 14 day Namibian Experience Safari

Northern Adventure

7 Days - The best the north has to offer: Etosha, Africat (for leopard & cheetah), Damaraland, Himba Villages, rock art and Sossusvlei

Self Catering Namibia