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15

Hoopoe

(Upupa epops)
Alternate name(s): "Eurasian Hoopoe"
Size: 25-32 cm; wing span: 44-48 cm
Weight: 46-89 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

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "epops"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Relaxed Hoopoe
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Hoopoe checking out the curious observer
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Here a lateral view of a Hoopoe displaying its characteristic plumage
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Hoopoe in need a bit of preening...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

...and some more...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

...but no amount of preening will help when half the Hoopoe's crest has fallen out
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Dorsal view of a Hoopoe's stripe pattern
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Dorsal view of a Hoopoe (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Here a wing stretch Hoopoe style
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

... and the same exercise seen from behind
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

BREEDING

We have been able to obtain breeding information in Europe.

Behaviour

While foraging, Hoopoes prefer to run from place to place, rather than fly short distances.

Frontal view of a Hoopoe running from one shady place to another
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

The Common Myna in the photo below tried to hustle the Hoopoe, but with little effect. The Hoopoe showed who is the tallest (with crest) and that settled the issue.

OK, Buddy, that's close enough! Hoopoe warning a
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Food, Diet

Hoopoes feed on small animals (many of which are considered to be pests) they dig out of the soil with their long, pointed bills.

Call(s)/Song

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_dw_20180525.m4a epops (Poland) Territorial calls (male) (with House Sparrow) © DW

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