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Rufous-eared warbler

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: The monotonous, penetrating piping songs of the rufous-eared warbler (Malcorus pectoralis), can be heard when it perches from the top of a low bush or shrub in a Karoo or Kalahari habitat. They are also observed on the Namib Desert edge in shrubby type vegetation.

Distribution: Central and southern Namibia from Spitzkoppe southwards to the Orange River and Fish River Canyon, less for the Namib Desert. Etosha Pan supports an isolated population.

Diet: Gleans mostly invertebrates from low down on stems and leaves on bushes or on the ground. Eats caterpillars, beetles, ants, bugs, termites, ticks and spiders. Also takes fruits and seeds of Asparagus, honey-thorn and alien creeping saltbush.

Description: A small warbler with a long, graduated tail, held high when foraging on the ground. Other features include a bright red face patch with a prominent throat band. Pectoralis is a Greek phrase for 'pertaining to the throat'.

Breeding: A domed, dry grass nest is bound by spider web.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 10g.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

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