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(Upupa epops)
Alternate name(s): "Eurasian Hoopoe"
Size: 25-32 cm; wing span: 44-48 cm
Weight: 45-90 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Hoopoe at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Not photographed by us in Australia yet, but nominate race "epops" has previously been photographed in Oman.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

hoopoe_dw_20180525_2.m4a epops (Poland) Territorial call (male) © DW
hoopoe_jp_20190606.m4a epops (Portugal) Territorial calls (male) © JP
hoopoe_jp_20230203.mp3 epops (Portugal) Territorial calls (male) © JP
hoopoe_dw_20180525.m4a epops (Poland) Territorial calls (male)
(+ House Sparrow)
© DW
hoopoe_dw_20180525_NR.m4a epops (Poland) Territorial calls (male), no bkgd © DW
hoopoe_jp_20200322.m4a epops (Portugal) Territorial calls (male) (+ Short-toed Treecreeper) © JP
hoopoe_jp_20200412.m4a epops (Portugal) Territorial calls (male)
(+ Common Chaffinch)
© JP

More Hoopoe sound recordings are available at .

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