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ruddy turnstone

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres) inhabit stony or rocky coastal areas, as well as inland wetlands such as salt pans, river banks and the edges of lakes. Observed in small flocks usually with other waders, they are associated with birds such as sanderlings.

Distribution: Along the entire coastline of Namibia as well as scattered inland populations in Etosha National Park and the Caprivi.

Diet: Forages mainly during the day at low and high tide for mostly invertebrates such as shellfish and insect larvae.

Description: Medium-sized shorebirds with distinctive black and white plumage and for this bird chestnut-orange patches on the coverts. Their slightly decurved bills are perfect to turn over stones (hence the general popular name). Arenaria refers to the Latin phrase for 'relating to sand' and in particular to their coastal habits.

Breeding: Non-breeders in Namibia.

Size: 25cm. Weight: 100g.

Beach Lodge

Top location, right on the beach. This is a very popular accommodation choice - and rightly so.

Desert Breeze Lodge

Slightly outide town on the banks of the Swakop River and overlooking the dunes of the Namib Desert. Excellent for those wanting a desert setting near the convenience of town

Swakopmund Sands Hotel

Close to the main beach and Swakopmund aquarium, also boasts a heated swimming pool

Hotel Pension Rapmund

Very centrally located with a quaint German atmosphere.

Sea Side Hotel & Spa

A new hotel and spa complex situated north of town in the suburb of Mile 4

The Stiltz

Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.

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