Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Blue cranes (Anthropoides paradiseus) inhabit the grassland and scrubland that fringe Etosha National Park Pan, usually in large flocks, with up 750 birds being recorded. They roost at night in shallow water such as pans and dams, where they are highly vocal.
Distribution: Isolated in Namibia to Etosha National Park.
Diet: Pecks and digs with bill for small bulbs, grass seeds, roots, caterpillars, grasshoppers and locusts and their eggs, termites, worms, crabs, fish, reptiles, small mammals and frogs.
Description: Medium-sized crane with characteristic ornamental head plumes and a loud, trumpeting voice. Paradiscus is the Latin equivalent of 'paradise' as these birds were once believed to be angels. Anthropoides is a Latin word derived from Greek, meaning 'man-like'. Often confused with the wattled crane.
Breeding: Nests consist of a pad of vegetation on wet ground and a layer of small stones on dry ground. Females lay 1 or 2 eggs between December and March.
Size: 1.2m. Weight: 5kg. Males are larger than females.
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Small mid-price lodge close to the park gate - situated of the private Fischer's pan reserve
Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours
The latest edition to the Mushara Collection offers mid-range tented accommodation
Good accommodation at a reasonable price, close to the park entrance
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
Newly renovated, good mid market option for self-drive tourists
Luxury lodge built around a fort on Fischer's Pan. Easy access to the park
A tented camp just outside Etosha
Small exclusive camp, built on raised platforms
Brand new luxury camp inside the Etosha borders
Very exclusive private suites, all mod-cons and luxuries