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Rufous-bellied heron

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Rufous-bellied heron (Ardeola rufiventris) favour flooded grasslands and dense fringing vegetation and reedbeds. Observed mainly singly or in small groups, they roost communally and will head for cover in dense vegetation when disturbed.

Distribution Caprivi wetlands, Chobe/Zambezi Rivers, Okavango Delta, Kaudom Game Park, Etosha National Park, Hardap Dam.

Diet: Either stands still and waits or walks slowly in search of insects and worms, fish and amphibians.

Description Rufiventris is Latin for 'red-bellied'. Head, neck and back dark slate grey. The back has long, slate-grey plumes. Flight feathers dark grey below, underwing coverts rufous-brown. Often confused with slaty egret and black heron, both have dark, slender bills and blackish-grey wings and belly.

Breeding: Females lay 1 to 4 eggs in April or September on a shallow platform of short twigs and reed stems, incubated for around 20 days.

Size: 39cm. Weight: 300g.

African Odyssey

23 Days - Visits everything between the Fish River Canyon (in the south) to the Zambezi Region (in the north) and still has time to head via the Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls. Ideal for the first time visitor wanting to pack as much into their trip as possible

Combination Safari

19 Days - a good choice for those wishing to experience the best parts of Namibia & Botswana. For good measure a visit to the Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls is also include. Departs from Windhoek & ends either at Vic Falls or back in Windhoek

Itenga Wildlife Mobile Safari

15 Days - Our 'mobile safaris' offer a slightly more comfortable camping experience than the other itineraries on these pages. Alternating departures run between Windhoek & Victoria Falls visiting Chobe National Park, Etosha Park, a himba village, the coastal town of Swakopmund and the Sossusvlei sand dunes.

Namibian Experience Safari

14 Days - When we first designed a Namibian trip this was the itinerary, it still works brilliantly and is our most popular safari. Runs from Windhoek to Windhoek and includes all the major tourist attractions

Essence of Namibia Mobile Safari

12 Days - This mobile safari takes in the most popular attractions. Including the Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, Kaokoland (and a visit to a Himba settlement) the Skeleton Coast & Sossusvlei

Self Catering Namibia