African Hoopoe


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.


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


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


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


Nesting hoopoes are capable of squirting fecal matter at intruders.