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terek sandpiper

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Terek sandpipers (Xenus cinereus) inhabit mud and sand flats along the coastline as well as inland salt pans, roosting communally at high tide on raised sand banks or on perches. They were initially discovered on the shores of the Caspian Sea, specifically towards the mouth of the Terek River.

Distribution: Rare in their range which includes Kunene River estuary, Skeleton Coastal regions, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund and Luderitz.

Diet: Crabs and other crustaceans as well as insects.

Description: Cinereus is Latin for 'grey', referring to the colour of their upper parts and tail.

Breeding: Terek sandpipers do not breed in Namibia.

Size: 23cm. Weight: 70g. Wingspan: 45cm.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

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