Southern double-collared sunbird
Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Southern double-collared sunbirds (Cinnyris chalybeus) inhabit Karoo shrublands, woodland, plantations and some gardens. Small groups are common at food sources, flitting from flower to flower, although they usually occur singly or in pairs.Distribution: Only found in Namibia around the Orange River and Fish River Canyon regions. Vagrant to Windhoek.
Diet: Eats mainly nectar by inserting bill into a wide variety of flowers. Also eats invertebrates such as flies, spiders and small beetles.Description: Predominately iridescent green or blue plumage. Blackish brown flight feathers. Red breast band separated from a narrow green upper breast blue band, hence the common name. Chalybaeus is Latin for 'metallic'.
Breeding: Females can take up to 30 days to build an oval shaped nest, made from grass, twigs and rootlets. From 1 to 3 eggs are laid from March to November and incubated for around 14 days.
Size: 12cm. Weight: 8g.
Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon
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
The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character
Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value
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