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Whooly-necked stork

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Along rivers and at pans, ponds, floodplains, dams, lagoons and swamp forests are the ideal locations to observe woolly-necked storks (Ciconia episcopus). They usually roost in trees or on sandbanks, where they will take a short run-up before take off.

Distribution Etosha National Park, Caprivi, Kaudom Game Park, Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.

Diet: Forages in the early morning and evening singly or in pairs by walking slowly for large insects, worms, molluscs, fish, crabs, frogs, lizards and possibly snakes.

Description Episcopus is a Latin word for 'a bishop' which refers to the black 'skullcap'. White forehead and neck. Black upper parts and tail. Soft and woolly forehead and neck feathers, hence the name.

Breeding: A stick platform, lined with small twigs and dry grass and leaves is cleaned frequently. 3 to 4 eggs are laid at 2 to 3 day intervals and incubated for around 30 days.

Size: 90cm. Weight: 1.8kg.

Dunes & Wildlife

6 Days - A short tour including game viewing in the Etosha Park, a short visit to the sea-side town of Swakopmund and the massive dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Windhoek-Windhoek

Desert Dream Tour

4 Days - The dunes at Sossusvlei & the Namib Naukluft Mountains are highlights. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund

Etosha Tour

4 Days - Get your game viewing fix in the Etosha National Park. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund

Etosha Express

3 Days - Short safari to Etosha Park. Windhoek-Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Express

3 Days - Short tour to Sossusvlei. Swakopmund - Windhoek

Sossusvlei Shuttle Tour

3 Days - Of all our short trips to Soussusvlei this tour offers the best value for money

Sossusvlei Shuttle Safari

3 Days - A very flexible trip to Sossusvlei. Choose between Swakopmund or Windhoek departures and finishes.

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