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White-faced duck

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: The vocal white-faced duck (Dendrocygnia viduata) feature in various inland waters of associated savannah and grassland where waters are extensive with short areas of vegetation. Their ability to breed whilst on a herbivorous diet is a feature that enables them to breed on wetlands. The African fish eagle is a main predator. They can be found roosting in groups on open shoreline or in rafts on open water but rarely in trees.

Distribution: Ovamboland and the Caprivi.

Diet: Feed under water and on land dominated by plant matter such as pondweeds and water-lilies. On land they strip seeds from plants.

Description: White-backed ducks have large heads and sit low in the water with a humped back. The wings are short and dark. Their legs and feet are bluish-grey.

Breeding: Clutches of between 4 and 9 eggs are laid with incubation periods of 29 to 33 days. Ducklings swim, dive and feed within 20 days of being hatched.

Size: 48cm. Weight: 700g.

Ongula Village Homestead Lodge

A traditional Owambo homestead which offers a unique opportunity of interacting with the local community while getting involved in local activities such as cattle herding and basket making.

Ruacana Eha Lodge

Situated at the Ruacana falls on the Namibia / Angola border - this lodge serves as a gateway between Kaokoland and Owamboland

Uukwaluhdi Safari Lodge

North of Etosha, east of Osahakati & west of Opuwo this remote lodge is situated on the vast plains of the Omusati Region. Attractions here include tracking Black Rhino.

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