African Hoopoe

african-hoopoe

Identification:

The hoopoe is 25-29cm long, with a 44-48cm wingspan. This black, white and pink bird is quite unmistakable, especially in its erratic flight, which is like that of a giant butterfly. The crest is erectile, but is mostly kept closed. It walks on the ground like a starling.

Habitat:

Open woodland and cultivated country such as vineyards and orchards, parks and large gardens.

Behaviour:

Common resident and local nomad. Probes in ground for prey.

Diet:

Insects, larvae, small frogs, lizards, snakes and termites that are caught in flight.

Breeding:

Nesting hoopoes are capable of squirting fecal matter at intruders.

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