A popular holiday destination for avid bird-watchers, Namibia is home to at least 13 endemic species of birds, 8 of which are reportedly from the Etosha region.
There are over 620 species of birds native to Namibia. Of that 14 are endemic to the country. An endemic species is a species that hatches, matures, reproduces and die within one single area.
The habitat of an area needs to be very special for an endemic bird to survive as it needs to satisfy all of the birds needs throughout its lifetime.
The vast regions of southern Africa are home to around 170 endemic species of birds of which 14 endemic or near endemic birds are found in Namibia.
One of the best areas for bird-watching in Namibia is the country's top tourist attraction the Etosha National Park. Etosha is home to over 412 species of birds including 8 of the endemic species.
The endemic birds found in Namibia are; Hartlaub's Francolin, Ruppell'sKorhaan, Herero Chat, Rockrunner, Whitetailed Shrike,Damara Tern, Ruppell's Parrot, Violet Woodhoopoe, Monteiro's Hornbill, Dune Lark,Barlow's Lark, Gray's Lark, Carp's Tit and Barecheeked Babbler.
The presence of these endemic birds signifies Namibia as an incredibly unique and special birding destination. 4 of the endemic birds are found only in the Namib Desert adjacent to the coast while the remaining 10 birds are found further east, next to the rugged escarpment. Travellers to Namibia can embark on specially scheduled, tailor-made bird-watching safaris.
by Katie Edge