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Whyte's barbet

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Whyte's barbet (Stactolaema whytii) is named after Alexandra Whyte (1834-1905) a government naturalist. Stactolaema (Greek) refers to drip-like marks on the throat. They prefer a habitat associated with plenty of wild fig trees. These barbets occur in small groups of between 3 and 8, concentrating near water in the dry season. They roost in groups of around 12 in a single nest cavity usually above the canopy of a dead branch.

Distribution: The wild fig trees of Namutoni in Etosha National Park.

Diet: Fruit eaters especially wild figs, Kalahari raisin, mulberries, guavas and avocados. They also eat insects and take nectar.

Description: Medium sized barbets with heavy bill. Overall colour of brown to dark brown, pale grey-black to black legs and feet and dark brown eyes. They are the quietest barbet of them all, being resident of large patches of woodland.

Breeding: Usually 4 or 5 eggs are laid from September to January in a tree nest chamber excavated in a hole in a dead branch. Nestling periods for juveniles are around 49 days.

Size: 19cm. Weight: 50 to 55g.

Emanya at Etosha

A blend of African excitement & luxury are the order of the day at this luxury lodge

Etosha Aoba Lodge

Small mid-price lodge close to the park gate - situated of the private Fischer's pan reserve

Mokuti Lodge

Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours

Mushara Bush Camp

The latest edition to the Mushara Collection offers mid-range tented accommodation

Mushara Lodge

Good accommodation at a reasonable price, close to the park entrance

Mushara Outpost

Small intimate tented camp built on raised platforms, good for privacy and a 'luxury outdoor' feel


Inside the park borders, built around Fort Namutoni. Recently upgraded to appeal to more 'up-market' visitors

Onguma Bush Camp

Newly renovated, good mid market option for self-drive tourists

Onguma Tented Camp

A tented camp just outside Etosha

Onguma The Fort

Luxury lodge built around a fort on Fischer's Pan. Easy access to the park

Onguma Tree Top Camp

Small exclusive camp, built on raised platforms - a popular option with those seeking an exclusive new perspective

Onkoshi Camp

The first new accommodation to be built inside the Etosha National Park in over 30 years. The camp sits on a wooden deck on an isolated peninsula overlooking the pan

Villa Mushara

Very exclusive private suites, all mod-cons and luxuries

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