Hoopoe Upupa epops
(aka Hoopoe, Eurasian Hoopoe)
The Common Hoopoe breeds across most of Europe, Asia and Africa though many of the European and Asian populations migrate southwards during the winter.
|It is found in more open
habitats though it requires holes in trees or cliffs for nesting
and roosting. It feeds mainly on the ground where it uses its
long bill to probe for large insects and their larvae. It also
eats small lizards, snakes, frogs, etc..
It is unmistakable with its crest, long, decurved bill and black and white pattern on the back, wings and tail.
|There are recordings on xeno-canto and additional material is available via Avibase .|
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