Close-up photo of the White-tailed Shrike

Namibia Bird Club

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Birding Challenge at Monte Christo

The Bird club invites you to take part in a fun day (Year-end function), with a bird event (bird mapping) in the morning on the Monte Christo farm which is known to host a big variety of waterbirds and some rare visitors. Or you are welcome to just stay under the trees and enjoy the scenery.

For lunch we will treat you to „Kartoffelsalat und Wiener Würstchen“ and soft drinks as a thank you for your support of the Bird Club during the year. There will also be a lucky draw.

Please bring: something to nibble for the morning, drinks, your chair and picknick table, hat and a pair of binoculars, your family and „Gute Laune“ – be in a good mood!

Please confirm with Gudrun Middendorff: if you plan to attend by Wednesday 23th November 2016, so we can prepare an appropriate amount of food.

Waders by Faansie Peacock

The long awaited book on Waders by Faansie Peacock will be on the bookshelves in early December.
Do have a look via these links ( or and consider spoiling yourself with a Christmas present.

The Namibia Bird Club will be placing an order and we have a lift from South Africa (arriving here after Christmas).

We would like to invite you to place your order by emailing Gudrun Middendorff: by 10 December 2016.

Waders Book LBJs Book

Book cover images displayed with permission.

Book TitlePrice
Wader BookN$ 480.00 (maximum)
LBJ BookN$ 480.00 (maximum)
LBJ and Wader BookN$ 840.00 (maximum)

The more books are ordered the less one pays.

The African Bird Name Group

The goal of the African Bird Name Group (ABNG) is to ensure that each bird species in Southern Africa has a unique name in all the languages of the region.

To do this the ABNG will bring together and facilitate people doing research on bird names or help people to start with it. The idea is to encourage and help researchers publish books or articles on their research.
If anybody with a knowledge of bird names in any of the languages of Namibia would like to help us, they can contact me at We are looking especially for someone who can speak either Khoekhoegowab, Otjiherero or Oshiwambo.

Johan Meyer

Morning Walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

The highlight of the mornng walk for the 11 participants must be the sighting once again of African Openbills.

The following file lists all the 75 birds seen/heard during the outing:
Gammams Bird List

Day Outing to Omeya Golf & Residential Oasis

Summer has finally arrived with the sighting of at least 3 African Cuckoos during the outing to Omeya. 17 people while dodging one or two golf balls managed to see or hear a total of 66 bird species and the local Lechwe herd, Springbok and Steenbok. The two hour walk was followed by a braai.

The following file lists all the 66 birds seen/heard during the outing:
Omeya Bird List


A big thank you for your support, donations and a bigger thank you to all the helpers!

The Biomarket day was a big success and without you it would not have been possible to have a nice sum for our kitty.
For those that could not be there you missed out on some excellent cakes.

Biomarket Cake
Were you fortunate enough to have a slice?

Morning Walk at Avis Dam

The cold wind that blew kept both birders and birds away. The six brave members that decided to go on the walk only managed to see and hear 48 species of bird.

The file below lists all the bird seen and heard:
Avis Dam Bird List

Fledgling Spring

It's spring again which also means breeding time for most of our feathered friends.

When bird offspring leave the security of the nest they come across many obstacles and dangers but this also strengthens them for the hard life outside. These “teenagers” are called fledglings. They are still dependent on their parent birds, but are learning to fly and starting to find their own food. In this period, which can take between 2 days and two weeks depending on the species, they are often found by humans. In most cases there is no need to take them into human care; just give them a little help and safety and they will find their way back to the parents on their own.

Red-headed Finch fledgling
Note the white gape on this Red-headed Finch fledgling

If you find a fledgling (same size as parents but feathers not fully grown, white or yellow gape still visible, not flying comfortable yet) just pick it up, put it into a bush or tree where your cat / dog cannot reach it and leave it for at least 2 hours. The parent will return! If in very seldom cases the parents do not return before sunset, take it in, place it in a shoebox lined with kitchen paper and try the same next morning. It will call and the parents will search for him. Only if parents do not return or it is injured ask for help at your nearest Vet, SPCA or one of the Namibia Bird Club supported organisations.

Advice kindly provided by Wild Bird Rescue.

Slogan Needed

The Namibia Bird Club is looking for a suitable slogan and is calling on its members and other members of the public to come up with one. The slogan should incorporate the ideas of Conservation, Education and Enjoyment.

All suggestions must please be sent to the email address with the Subject: Bird Club Slogan.

Lanioturdus Front-cover Change

The committee of the Namibia Bird Club has decided to change the style of the front cover of its journal, Lanioturdus, by placing a different photograph of the White-tailed Shrike Lanioturdus torquatus, the emblem of the Namibia Bird Club, on each issue.

The committee is looking for good, large-sized photographs of the White-tailed Shrikes. By submitting your photographs to us you will be granting us permission to use the photographs. Photographers will be acknowledged. Please send all photographs to the email address:

Vulture Ringing Day on Farm Smalhoek

The Vulture Ringing Day on the farm Smalhoek was a success in terms of the number of people attending. It was estimated that between 40 and 50 people arrived on the farm and watched as 5 White-backed Vulture chicks were brought down from their nests, weighed, measured and ringed. Only three of the chicks were big enough to be given wing tags (L611, L612, L613).

Are some members of the Crow family human?

Many Human-beings like to distinguish themselves from animals by tool design and use, planning for the future and having the capacity for empathy.

Below are two links to articles that cover tool use and capacity for empathy by some of the members of the crow family:

Morning walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

The highlight of the outing was the sighting of a Bat Hawk as it was flushed. Fortunately it circled over our heads for a while before disappearing.

Bat Hawk

The 13 Namibia Bird Club members that attended the outing were joined by 7 non-members, several of whom were from overseas, and one from South Africa.

In all 78 bird species were seen/heard which are listed in the file below:
Gammams Bird List