Huab 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.
Late 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 Ostrich Black-necked Grebe Reed Cormorant Darter Grey Heron Black-headed Heron Purple Heron Great White Egret Yellow-billed Egret Cattle Egret Squacco Heron Green-backed Heron Little Bittern Dwarf Bittern Hamerkop 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 Bateleur African Fish Eagle Steppe Buzzard Augur Buzzard Little Sparrowhawk Little Banded Goshawk Gabar Goshawk Pale Chanting Goshawk Gymnogene 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 Sanderling 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 (Chestnut-vented)Titbabbler 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 Puffback Brubru 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