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  African Hoopoe

    (Hoopoe)

 

Upupa Africana

(451) 26 cm; 53 g

SEXES  Similar, M > F. Conspicuous and unlikely to be confused with any other species. Crest usually held flattened, forming a long point behind the crown, and only raised when bird lands, in display or when alarmed. F is duller rufous than M and slightly greyer on face and breast.

JUV  Like F but duller and with shorter crest. Bill initially shorter and less decurved.

STATUS  Fairly common, with resident, nomadic and migratory populations. Usually in pairs.

HABITAT  Most open woodland, especially that with a short grass understorey; also parks and gardens.

FOOD  Insects and their larvae, earthworms, small frogs, snakes, lizards, and termites, which may be taken in flight.

CALL  Soft, low and sustained hoo-poo or hoo-poo­poo.

BR  Monogamous and occasionally br co-operatively. Uses variety of nest sites, including natural tree cavities, old woodpecker or barbet holes, underground termite mound chambers, stone walls, ground holes, ceilings of houses or nest boxes. Incubation period of 15-16 days is by F only, who is fed by M at nest during this period. Recorded nestling periods are 26-32 days. Parasitised by Greater Honeyguide.

ALT NAME  Hoopoe.

 

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Haf001

Disaneng Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Haf002

Disaneng Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Haf003

Matlapaneng Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Haf004

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Haf005

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6

 

 

Haf006

Nossob, KTP

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Haf007

Nossob, KTP

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

     

 

 

 

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