Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Of the 5 subspecies of tractrac chat (Cercomela tractrac) found in southern Africa, 4 can be observed in Namibia. Habitats include shrub-covered plains and perennial grassland and dune shrubland and dry watercourses.Distribution: Similar to the Karoo chat. Found in the Namib Desert, Skeleton Coast, Windhoek, Fish River Canyon and along the Orange River. Absent from most of the north and north-eastern ranges of Namibia.
Diet: Forages mainly on the ground for termites, weevils, tortoise beetles, ants, spiders and snails.Description: Brownish upper parts with a distinctive rump, tail patterns and a black tail (Cercomela). So called from the onomatopoeic alarm call, a sharp 'trak trak'.
Breeding: A nest consists of a deep cup lined with seed, based on dry sticks and twigs. Usually 2 or 3 eggs are laid from August to April.
Size: 15cm. Weight: 21g.
Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony
An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.
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
A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays