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striped crake

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Because striped crakes (Aenigmatolimnas marginalis) are secretive and creep away through grass if they are disturbed, they are difficult to observe in their preferred habitat of seasonally inundated grassland with marsh grasses. Will climb grass tufts to bask in the early morning sunshine though.

Distribution: Aenigmatolimnas (Gr): In the 'puzzling pools or lakes' of Etosha, Kaudom Game Park.

Diet: Chases flying insects. Eats earthworms, small snails, grasshoppers, flies, spiders, beetles, small fish and tadpoles.

Description: Marginalis is Latin for 'marginal, of the edges' referring to the pale-edged feathers. Often confused with African crake. A rather silent bird often heard only in the evening.

Breeding: Between 3 and 5 eggs are laid in either February or March, laid at 24hr intervals and incubated by the male.

Size: 20cm. Weight: 50g.

Dunes & Wildlife

6 Days - A short tour including game viewing in the Etosha Park, a short visit to the sea-side town of Swakopmund and the massive dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Windhoek-Windhoek

Desert Dream Tour

4 Days - The dunes at Sossusvlei & the Namib Naukluft Mountains are highlights. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund

Etosha Tour

4 Days - Get your game viewing fix in the Etosha National Park. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund

Etosha Express

3 Days - Short safari to Etosha Park. Windhoek-Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Express

3 Days - Short tour to Sossusvlei. Swakopmund - Windhoek

Sossusvlei Shuttle Tour

3 Days - Of all our short trips to Soussusvlei this tour offers the best value for money

Sossusvlei Shuttle Safari

3 Days - A very flexible trip to Sossusvlei. Choose between Swakopmund or Windhoek departures and finishes.

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