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Sharp-tailed starling

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Sharp-tailed starlings (Lamprotornis acuticaudus) favour miombo and mopane open woodland, sometimes in flocks of between 30 to 50 birds.

Distribution: From Rundu south-east to Tsumkwe and then north through Kaudom Park further north-east to the Mahango National Park region.

Diet: Eats the fruit of the bluebush star-apple. Also takes insects.

Description: Glossy green upper parts, wings and wedge-shaped tail. Chin to breast glossy green. Often confused with Cape glossy and greater blue-eared starlings that have square-ended tails. Acuticaudus is a Latin meaning for 'sharp tail'.

Breeding: Nests in a tree cavity, lined with grass, feathers and hair. From 3 to 4 eggs are laid from August to October.

Size: 20cm. Weight: 70g.

Fiume Bush Camp

A satellite camp to Fiume Lodge, the Bush Camp requires a minimum two night stay and is the base for top quality guided excursions to visit a local Bushman / San community

Nhoma Camp

A partially community owned camp - allows guest to gain an insight into the lives of the local Bushman community

Tsumkwe Lodge

In the town of Tsumkwe this lodge offers an opportunity to visit the local San communities

Namibia Tours