Birds – Damaraland

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Damaraland has more than 200 bird species recorded, including several arid-country specials. The area is rich in near-endemics including violet wood-hoopoe, Hartlaub spurfowl, Rüppel’s parrot, Monteiro’s hornbill, Carp’s tit, bare-cheeked babbler, rockrunner and white-tailed shrike. Raptors are also well represented and the majestic Verreaux’s eagle can sometimes be seen soaring above the rocky cliffs. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Damaraland
Lappet-faced vulture
Martial eagle
Monteiro's hornbill
Locally common & near-endemic
Pale chanting goshawk
South African shelduck

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) endemic = only lives in Namibia
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries

Best Time for Bird Watching

Damaraland is a great birding destination year-round. A lot of the specials are resident and present throughout the year. Bird watching is at its best in the hot summer months from November to April when migrants are present.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Damaraland
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr