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rock kestrel

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Rock kestrels (Falco rupicolus) can tolerate a wide variety of habitats with grassland, Karoo and desert being the most popular. Urban areas are also favoured, where they can be seen perching on utility poles near the road. Rock kestrels will defend their territory vigorously against other raptors.

Distribution: Scarce in north and north-eastern Namibia but fairly common in the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls, Fish River Canyon and the central plateau in general.

Diet: Hunts from perch or by hovering for birds up to the size of a rock dove, bats, small mammals and reptiles.

Description: Rupicolus is Latin for 'rock dweller' a reference to their mountainous cliff breeding and roosting destinations.

Breeding: Between 1 and 6 eggs are laid in a crack in the cliff ledge, in quarries, on buildings or just a simple scrape in the ground. The incubation period is up to 32 days.

Size: 32cm. Weight: 220g.

Kulala Desert Lodge

Up-market lodge with private entrance to the dunes at Sossusvlei

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

Moroccan inspired architecture seems strangely out of place in Namibia. The location, spa and general amenities are good.

Little Kulala

Luxury lodge with guided tour to the dunes using the lodges own private entrance, excellent choice for those looking for a little extra luxury

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Most luxurious lodge in the area, air-conditioned rooms and private butler

Sossusvlei Lodge

Large establishment right next to the Sesriem Campsite, best for keeping driving to a minimum

Sossusvlei Hotels