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28-SEP-2003 Copyright 2005 Robert

Common Hoopoe

Jurong Birdpark, Singapore

Scientific: Upupa epo (Linnaeus, 1758).

The Hoopoe, the sole member of the family Upupidae, differs from its rainbow-colored relatives in that its plumage is a subdued orange-brown with black and white pattern. On the other hand,
it sports a flat ornamental crest of long feathers resting folded on the nape except when the bird is excited, when they are raised and expanded to form a magnificent fan. The Hoopoe
is found in a large part of Eurasia, Africa as well as in Bangladesh.

The Hoopoe is a monomorphic species... as both sexes carry the crest it is not easy to tell them apart. They feed on insects caught on ground or pulled from underground. The Hoopoe
has a very short tongue in its long bill; that is the reason for its swallowing food mostly grasshoppers, locusts, crickets and various larvae by throwing it up to the
air and catching it back right into the gullet.

Recommended Book: Birds of India

Canon EOS 10D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/100s f/6.3 at 280.0mm iso400 with flash (1.4TC) full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
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