Birdwatching in Namibia


huab-lodge-birds-1Huab Lodge in Damaraland Namibia has become a Mecca for bird watchers and photographers. When you sit back in your favourite armchair and start day-dreaming of a relaxing, tranquil place where you could get away from the stresses of your life, you invariably imagine a sparkling, sunny day with bird song and the sound of running water, rustling grass and wind in the trees … birds are the choir of the wilderness announcing every dawn and singing till evening, filling the world with music, life, colour, magic and the freedom of flight ... filling our imagination. Huab Lodge is ideally situated in granite hills on the banks of the ephemeral Huab River in habitats where several endemic or near endemic Namibian bird species occur, which makes them easy to see.


Amongst its 210 birds, the area boasts 9 of the endemic desert bird species including Hartlaub spurfowl, Rüppel’s parrot,  southern violet wood-hoopoe, Monteiro’s hornbill, Carp’s tit, Barecheeked babbler, Damara rockrunner and White-tailed shrike, and many mammals and reptiles that are of particular interest in the semi-desert environment at Huab Lodge.


huab-lodge-birds-2Late September the Madagascar bee-eater arrives to breed in Namibia and delight us with his call and brilliance, staying until mid April. The violet-backed starling, the rosy-faced love bird and the boisterous bare-cheeked babbler can be seen from camp. There is a hide just below the main house for bird watching and photography.







Sort birdlist alphabetically
Black-necked Grebe
Reed Cormorant
Grey Heron
Black-headed Heron
Purple Heron
Great White Egret
Yellow-billed Egret
Cattle Egret
Squacco Heron
Green-backed Heron
Little Bittern
Dwarf Bittern
White Stork
Black Stork
Abdim?s Stork
Saddle-billed Stork
Egyptian Goose
South African Shellduck
Secretary Bird
White-backed Vulture
Lappet-faced Vulture
Black Kite
Yellow-billed Kite
Black-shouldered Kite
Bat Hawk
Black Eagle
Steppe Eagle
Wahlberg?s Eagle
Booted Eagle
African Hawk Eagle
Martial Eagle
Brown Snake Eagle
Black-chested Snake Eagle
African Fish Eagle
Steppe Buzzard
Augur Buzzard
Little Sparrowhawk
Little Banded Goshawk
Gabar Goshawk
Pale Chanting Goshawk
Peregrine Falcon
Lanner Falcon
Red-necked Falcon
Western Red-footed Kestrel
Rock Kestrel
Pigmy Falcon
Orange River Francolin
Red-billed Spurfowl
Hartlaub?s Spurfowl
Common Quail
Harlequin Quail
Helmeted Guineafowl
Kurrichane Buttonquail
African Crake
Kori Bustard
Redcrested Korhaan
Painted Snipe
Three banded Plover
Crowned Plover
Blacksmith Plover
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Little Stint
Spotted Dikkop
Burchell?s Courser
Temminck?s Courser
Three-banded Courser
Bronze-winged Courser
Rock Pratincole
Namaqua Sandgrouse
Double-banded Sandgrouse
Feral Pigeon
Rock Pigeon
Cape Turtle Dove
Laughing Dove
Namaqua Dove
Emerald-spotted Wood-dove
Rueppell?s Parrot
Rosy-faced Lovebird
Southern Grey Go-away bird
European Cuckoo
African Cuckoo
Black Cuckoo
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Striped Cuckoo
Jacobin Cuckoo
Klaas? Cuckoo
Diederick Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Scop?s Owl
White-faced Owl
Pearl-spotted Owl
Spotted Eagle Owl
Giant Eagle Owl
Rufous-cheeked Nightjar
Freckled Nightjar
Little Swift
Alpine Swift
Palm Swift
White-backed Mousebird
Red-faced Mousebird
Pied Kingfisher
Grey-hooded Kingfisher
Striped Kingfisher
Olive Bee-eater
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
Lilac-breasted Roller
Purple Roller
African Hoopoe
Red-billed Woodhoopoe
Sthn Violet Woodhoopoe
Scimitarbill (Woodhoopoe)
Grey Hornbill
Red-billed Hornbill
Damara Hornbill
Sthn Yellow-billed Hornbill
Monteiro?s Hornbill
Pied Barbet
Golden-tailed Woodpecker
Cardinal Woodpecker
Bearded Woodpecker
Monotonous Lark
Fawn-coloured Lark
Sabota Lark
Dusky Lark
European Swallow
Pearl-breasted Swallow
Rock Martin
House Martin
Banded Martin
Fork-tailed Drongo
Euopean Golden Oriole
African Golden Oriole
Carp?s Black Tit
Pied Babbler
Bare-cheeked Babbler
Red-eyed Bulbul
Groundscraper Thrush
Short-toed Rock Thrush
Mountain Chat
Familiar Chat
White-browed Scrub-robin
Herero Chat
Willow Warbler
Long-billed Crombec
Yellow-bellied Eremomela
Burnt-necked Eremomela
Bleating Warbler
Barred Warbler
Damara Rockrunner
Fantailed Cisticola
Rattling Cisticola
Black-chested Prinia
Spotted Flycatcher
Marico Flycatcher
Pririt Batis
Paradise Flycatcher
Cape Wagtail
Lesser Grey Shrike
Red-backed Shrike
Crimson-breasted Shrike
Three-streaked Tchagra
Black-crowned Tchagra
White-tailed Shrike
White Helmet Shrike
White-crowned Shrike
Wattled Starling
Plum-coloured Starling
Cape Glossy Starling
Pale-winged Starling
Marico Sunbird
White-bellied Sunbird
Dusky Sunbird
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver
White-browed Sparrow Weaver
House Sparrow
Great Sparrow
Cape Sparrow
Grey-headed Sparrow
Chestnut Weaver
Masked Weaver
Red-headed Weaver
Red-billed Quelea
Melba Finch
Blue Waxbill
Violet-eared Waxbill
Common Waxbill
Black-cheeked Waxbill
Red-headed Finch
Shaft-tailed Whydah
Paradise Whydah
Black-throated Canary
Yellow Canary
White-throated Canary
Golden-breasted Bunting
Cape Bunting
Rock Bunting
Lark-like Bunting