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Photo by albertvoigts
Spitzkopje, Namib Desert, Namibia, June 2006
Namibornis herero


17 cm (6¾ in)

  • Brown crown and upperparts
  • Crown and nape feathers have dark centres
  • Dark patch crossing eye
  • White throat
  • Creamy-white underparts with darker streaks


Africa: found in rocky bush country from extreme south-western Angola to western Namibia.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Placed in genus Melaenornis by Clements.


Areas with little vegetation, rocky hillsides and mountains, escarpments with acacia.



Their main diet consists of insects, particularly ants and termites with the addition of small grasshoppers.


Their breeding season is very much linked to the rains. Generally they raise one brood, but in good years possibly two or three.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)

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