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SPITZKOPPE

NAMIBIA
LOCALE

Altitude (m):900-1600
# Species*:92
# Excl Vagrants*:92
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:11
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Scattered Acacia scrub, vegetated washes

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Spitzkoppe is a set of granite peaks that rise from the desert floor to a height of 1584 m, some 700 m above the desert plain. It's located en route between the coastal town of Swakopmund and the town of Omaruru at the base of the Erongo Mountains in western Namibia. The habitat is very arid but features a number of interesting birds. An important target species is the Herero Chat, an endemic found in a number of locales but always difficult to see. A good variety of other desert birds can be seen en route and in the vicinity to Spitzkoppe. Examples are Rueppell's Bustard, Stark's Lark, Layard's Warbler, and Rufous-vented Warbler.

LOCATION OF SITE

Spitzkoppe is located between Swakopmund on the coast and Omaruru near the Erongo Mountains. It's 68 km from Swakopmund and 134 km from Omaruru.