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Sickle-winged chat

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Of the 3 subspecies of sickle-winged chat (Cercomela sinuata) found in southern Africa, only C.s. ensifera inhabits Namibia, in mainly Karoo shrubberies, mountain grassland and shrubby mountain slopes.

Distribution: From the Orange River and Fish River Canyon, north to Keetmanshoop only.

Diet: Eats beetles, spiders, solifuges, centipedes and millipedes, ants and bugs, moths and butterflies. Also eats soft fruits.

Description: A small, plain-coloured chat with a slender bill. The Latin word sinuata means 'with a wavy or uneven margin', referring to the sickle-like tip to the outer primary. Usually a silent bird.

Breeding: From 2 to 4 eggs are laid from August to March in a grass cup, strengthened with plant material.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 19g.

The Cababnas | Camp Provenance

Cabana's and permanently erected tents on the banks of the Orange River. This camp also serves as the starting base for several river rafting & canoeing adventures

Goibib Mountain Lodge

An owner run lodge, set in a scenic and mountainous area, just off the main road between Keetmanshoop & Grunau. Comfortable well equipped rooms are complimented by game drives (including night drives) on the large farm

Norotshama Lodge

Nestled in the great valley of the Karas region and situated on the banks of the Orange River, about 50km from the South African / Namibia border post

Orange River Lodge

The Orange River Lodge is situated near Noordoewer on the border between South Africa and Namibia

Sandfontein Lodge

A small lodge set on the third biggest game reserve in Namibia. Expect tranquility and a very personalised service in a remote environment

The White House

Not quite Washington DC! This remote accommodation is basic but extremely popular with those looking for good honest accommodation.

Namibia Tours