Small birds

Weavers (Ploceus sp.)

Colonial weavers form huge nests, sometimes heavy enough to break tree branches. Solitary weavers build individual nests.

solitary weaver nest social weaver nest African masked weaver

Red-billed quelea (Quelea quelea)

Common in huge flocks in parts of Etosha.

red-billed quelea


At Okonjima.

scaly-feathered finch scaly-feathered finch scaly-feathered finch male Melba finch female Melba finch


Several species are common on the edge of the desert.

ring-necked dove ring-necked dove laughing dove Namaqua dove feral pigeon Cape turtle dove

African red-eyed bulbul (Pycnonotus nigricans)

At Twyfelfontein and Okonjima.

African red-eyed bulbul African red-eyed bulbul

Pale-winged starling (Onychognathus nabouroup)

Common in Etosha.

pale-winged starling pale-winged starling

Sabota Lark (Mirafra sabota)

Common in dry grasslands.


House sparrow (Passer domesticus)

house sparrow

Blacksmith lapwing (Vanellus lugubris)

blacksmith lapwing

Lilac-breasted roller (Coracias caudata)

Found in the eastern part of Etosha.

lilac-breasted roller

Yellow canary (Serinus flaviventris)

yellow canary

Golden-breasted bunting (Emberiza flaviventris)

golden-breasted bunting

Pied barbet (Tricholaema leucocephalus)

pied barbet

Coucal (Centropus sp.)


Plover eggs

In the gravel coastal desert near Swakopmund.

plover eggs

Kelp gull (Larus dominicanus)

At Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast.

kelp gull


unidentified bird

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