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Southern carmine bee-eater

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Southern carmine bee-eater (Merops nubicoidus) (or carmine bee-eater) are usually confined to open, wooded and bushy savannahs, floodplains with oxbows, lake shores, swamps with scattered dead trees and dry grassy plains, as well as seasonal rivers and cultivated lands. They live in large groups, perching side by side in trees and other vegetation that overhangs tropical rivers.

Distribution: North-eastern regions of Namibia from Rundu extending through the Caprivi to Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and some scattered populations in the Tsumkwe region.

Diet: Eats mostly flying insects, cicadas, bugs, butterflies and moths and dragonflies.

Description: Nubicoidus is the Latin word for resembles, as there is likeness to the northern carmine bee-eater.

Breeding: Between 2 and 5 eggs are laid between August to December in nests made in sandy riverbanks, ditches or areas of flat, sloping ground.

Size: 27cm. Tail streamers project a further 120mm. Weight: 62g.

Fish River Lodge Hikes

5, 3 or 2 Days - hiking trails in the Fish River Canyon. Hikers carry a day pack and additional luggage is transported to the overnight stops

Mundulea Walking Trails

3 or 4 Days - Absolutely brilliant! One of the best experiences in Namibia

Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail

3 Days - Excellent guided walking trail on the NamibRand private reserve (near Sossusvlei)

Namib Mountain Trail

A day hike between two lodges on the very edge of the Namib Desert

Rostock Ritz Hiking

The Rostock Ritz Lodge north of Sossusvlei (en-route to Swakopmund) has a variety of guided and un-guided hikes ranging in duration from an hour to an entire day

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve Hiking

A lodge on the edge of the Namib Desert which offers exceptional hiking & walking

Namibia Tours