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680 bird species in Namibia

Avatar of inke inke - 30. août 2018 - Environment

Rüppell’s Parrot is a near-endemic species, found in the arid parts of Namibia.

Dirk Heinrich

According to the latest statistics no less than 680 different bird species are found in Namibia. Four of them – the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), the Common or Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) and Common or Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis) – were introduced to southern Africa and acclimatised well to Namibia and the neighbouring countries.

Sixteen bird species are endemic. The Dune Lark (Calendulauda erythrochlamys), which lives in the sand dunes of the Namib Desert, is completely endemic, while 90 percent or more of the populations of another 15 species occur in Namibia only. Fifty-one of the 680 bird species are threatened with extinction and another 27 species are endangered. 

For more information on birds please have a look at Namibia Outdoor.

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