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woodland kingfisher

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Woodland kingfishers (Halcyon senegalensis) originate from Senegal and inhabit wooded savannahs with fresh water. They can be observed in well-developed wooded areas with tall riverine trees such as Acacia stands and mopane. Their presence in man-altered habitats is well documented. Low flying, direct, fast and usually in pairs, they are a strongly territorial species that perch and trill on tree tops, singing throughout the day.

Distribution: Northern Namibia extending to Ovamboland. Their range includes Epupa Falls and Rundu, Etosha National Park and the Caprivi and Okavango Delta.

Diet: Mainly insects such as cockroaches, butterflies, grasshoppers and locusts, dragonflies, cicadas, grubs, moths and ants.

Description: Often confused with species that are all-red or birds with almost all-red bills. They do however, have a very distinctive voice.

Breeding: Woodland kingfishers breed in trees with holes, often in large, solitary, leafy trees in open ground. Females lay between 2 and 4 eggs between November and March. Incubation periods are around 13 or 14 days.

Size: 24 cm. Weight: 65g.

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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