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White-tailed shrike

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: It is estimated that there are around 1.5m white-tailed shrikes (Llanioturdus torquatus) in Namibia. Woodland dominated by mopane, bushwillows and mixed woodlands in the north of the country offer high concentrations of this species. Other habitats include rocky outcrops in arid areas with tall trees as well up the sides of steep mountains such as Gamsberg.

Distribution: Near endemic to Namibian escarpment. Namib-Naukluft, Erongo Mountains, Omaruru, Sesfontein, Khomas Hochland near Windhoek and Spitzkoppe. Numbers can exceed 24,000 in Etosha National Park.

Diet: Forages on the ground and in trees for caterpillars, mantids, stick insects, moths, spiders and some other very large insects.

Description: Black head, small white forehead and nape patches. White tail, black primaries have prominent white markings giving a pied appearance in flight.

Breeding: A deep and compact cup made of bark strips is built mainly by the female, where she lays 2 or 3 eggs between September and April. Incubation lasts for 15 days.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 25cm.

Ai-Aiba Lodge

Nestled in a conservation area in the majestic Erongo Mountains this property contains a wide selection of rock art. Activities here center around rock art and various guided walking trails serve as a good introduction to Namibian rock art

Epako Game Farm

A luxury lodge offering top notch rooms & facilities. Guided game drives and bush walks allow guests to thoroughly explore the area.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

One of our favourite lodges in Namibia - excellent accommodation, food and guided walks in beautiful surroundings make for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.

Etusis Lodge

A variety of activities are on offer at this lodge near Karibib. Accommodation ranges from camping and self-catering options to private bungalows

Hohenstein Lodge

Situated at the foot of the Hohenstein mountain, this lodge offers many hiking and climbing opportunities. It is also well situated to visit the Spitzkoppe Mountain

Kashana Lodge

A charming lodge in the town of Omaruru. With all the facilities you may require including a popular restaurant & bar

Klein Eden Guest Farm

Around 30km east of Omaruru this pretty little guest farms offers self catering units in a tranquil and pleasant environment

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