Hoopoe ( Upupa epops )
|Scientific name of the family|
|Leach , 1820|
|Scientific name of the genus|
|Linnaeus , 1758|
The views on the delimitation of the species differ greatly. Correspondingly, information on the recent number of species varies between one and four. Another species, U. antaios from the island of St. Helena , is believed to have died out after the island was discovered in the 16th century.
Hoopoes are unmistakable birds with a large, erect hood . Their wings are broad and rounded, their tail rectangular. The wings and tail are conspicuously drawn in black and white, the body is variably colored pink-brown. Its long, thin beak is curved downwards.
Habitat and way of life
- African hoopoe ( Upupa africana )
- St. Helena Hoopoe ( Upupa antaios ) †
- Hoopoe ( Upupa epops )
- Madagascar hoopoe ( Upupa marginata )
- Roger Safford, Frank Hawkins: The Birds of Africa: Volume VIII: The Malagasy Region: Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Mascarenes. 2013, ISBN 978-0713665321 , p. 631.
- Entry Hoopoe in the Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive