Please download our Bird Count for this winter:

  • July 2014 Wetlands Bird Count Walvis Bay RAMSAR Site (download)
  • July 2014 Wetlands Bird Count Walvis Bay Sewage Ponds Site (download)
  • July 2011 Bird Count in Walvis Bay RAMSAR Site (download)
  • July 2011 Bird Count in the Sewage Ponds Site (download)

Looking at figures for the last five years, 2011 with 22,725 birds, is the lowest winter count yet. The second lowest was in 2009 with 52,661 birds. The other winter counts were all around 100,000 birds.

Please download our Bird Count for this summer:

  • February 2014 Bird Count in Walvis Bay RAMSAR Site (download)
  • February 2014 Bird Count in Walvis Bay Sewage Ponds Site (download)
  • January 2012 Bird Count in Walvis Bay RAMSAR Site (download)
  • January 2012 Bird Count in the Sewage Ponds Site (download)
  • January 2011 Bird Count in Walvis Bay RAMSAR Site (download)
  • January 2011 Bird Count in the Sewage Ponds Site (download)

Conservation in general always goes directly hand in hand with the birds found in a given region. In Namibia we enjoy a large network of conservation areas, including the National Parks (such as Etosha and the Namib Naukluft Park) and community conservation concessions, as well as a large sector of private conservation areas. Many farms and other areas not directly conserved also have natural vegetation to varying degrees and also provide a degree of conservation for birds. This means that, on the whole, Namibia’s birds enjoy a great degree of protection. All is not well, though and many birds need a degree of specific protection. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is the government body that runs the national parks, do work in some cases directly with the conservation of birds. They also provide logistical support, permits (such as bird ringing) and access to others who work on the protection of birds.


NACOMA (the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management project) is a government commissioned body working on the conservation of coastal areas. Along with various other aspects, they have an involvement with the conservation of shore birds. In partnership with them is the Namibia Coastal/Marine Bird Action Plan.

CETN (Coastal Environmental Trust of Namibia)

This is another conservation NGO that is involved with coastal conservation. Their main role has been in conducting the Walvis Bay lagoon bird count and conservation of that area.

Raptors Namibia

The Namibia nature foundation runs and facilitates a number of environmental projects. They have a great involvement in the conservation of Namibia’s birds.

Namibia Crane Workshop

Another group of birds that face a specific threat are the Cranes. The crane working group have a special focus on the small population of breeding Blue Cranes in the north of Namibia.

The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF)

Raptors as a group are often threatened by various aspects of human activity. It is not surprise, therefore that many of Namibia’s threatened birds are raptors. Various aspects come into play, such as poisoning, shooting and electrocution and collision with power lines. Raptors Namibia is a group of people who are working to implement an action plan for the protection of Namibia’s Raptors. Raptors Namibia works with various organizations such as the Poison Working Group and the Vulture Study group.


There are many individuals with concern about Namibia’s birds and many of them are actively involved in the protection of birds. Many individuals participate in bird counts and there is an active group of bird ringers, who share an interest in the conservation of Namibia’s birds.


Identification: World's largest bird with males weighing up to 156 kg.Height 200-250cm, female...

Blue Crane

Identification: Length 1.0-1.2 m, mass 4.2-5.8 kg, males larger than femalesPlumage is blue-grey...

Grey-Backed Sparrow-Lark

Identification: The white ear patch and sandy grey back and wings are very...

Crowned Lapwing

Identification: Crowned lapwings have sandy-brown sides of the face, neck, upper breast and upperparts....

Squacco Heron

Identification: 40-49cmShort neckThick dark bill, with greenish tipPale buff-brown back, with faint violet...

Southern Carmine Bee-Eater

Identification: Carmine with blue crown and undertail coverts. Habitat:

Yellow-Billed Oxpecker

Identification: 20 cm.Yellow bill with red tipRed eyePlain brown upperparts and headBuff underparts...

Water Thick-Knee

Identification: Pale grey panel on the folded wing, upwards delimited by white and...

African Darter

Identification: An 80 cm tall cormorant-like species with...

African Hoopoe

Identification: The hoopoe is 25-29cm long, with a 44-48cm wingspan. This black, white...