violet wood hoopoe
Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Violet wood-hoopoe (Phoeniculus damarensis) inhabit arid woodlands in particular mopane, along the Namibian escarpment. They are found in pairs or small groups, often in trees, especially along dry riverbeds.
Distribution: Central and north-western Namibia including Etosha National Park.
Diet: Insects including beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, termites and geckos.
Description: Easily confused with the green wood-hoopoe. Uncommon and localized in the country with around 500 breeding pairs in a Namibian population believed to be around 1,650 birds.
Breeding: In Namibia only 2 eggs are laid between December to April. All group members feed fledglings out of the nest. Studies indicate that up to 3 clutches may be laid per breeding season.
Size: 34 to 38cm. Weight: 94g.
Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours