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White-breasted cormorant

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: White-breasted cormorants (Phalacrocorax lucidus) inhabit both salt and fresh water bodies. Being mainly aquatic, they can also be observed at dams, streams and rivers as well as coastal reefs and estuaries.

Distribution Along the entire Namibian coastline as well as Epupa Falls, Caprivi, Etosha National Park, Orange River, Fish River Canyon and other regions of southern, central and northern Namibia.

Diet: Small prey is swallowed underwater, head first. Eats mainly fish with inland birds adding frogs and crabs to the menu.

Description Inland white-breasted cormorants are smaller than coastal birds, probably because of the larger food variety the coastal region has to offer.

Breeding: Colonial nesters with other cormorants, pelicans and African darter, egrets and other herons. Females lay between 2 and 5 eggs and incubated for up to 28 days.

Size: 90cm. Weight: 2kg. Wingspan: 1.5m.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

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

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

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

Self Catering Namibia