A pair of hoopoes


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These beautiful birds are called Hoopoe (戴胜). According to wikipedia, The Hoopoe, Upupa epops, is a colourful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive ‘crown’ of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae. One insular species, the Giant Hoopoe of Saint Helena, is extinct, and the Madagascar subspecies of the Hoopoe is sometimes elevated to a full species. Like the Latin name upupa, the English name is an onomatopoetic form which imitates the cry of the bird. The Hoopoe was chosen as the national bird of Israel in May 2008 in conjunction with the country’s 60th anniversary, following a national survey of 155,000 citizens, outpolling the White-spectacled Bulbul.[25] It is also the state-bird of Punjab province of India.

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3 Responses to “A pair of hoopoes”

  1. Raxa Collective Says:

    I didn’t know those facts about the Hoopoe, thanks for sharing them.
    Here’s another pair! http://raxacollective.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/through-the-looking-glass/
    Cheers!

  2. Raxa Collective Says:

    If you’re interested in birds, the tags on our site in “We’re Thinking About…” include Bird of the Day. We’ve been posting that series for about 3 1/5 months, beginning with Vijaykumar Thondaman’s fabulous Indian birds, but then including Nicaragua (Bismar Lopez and Fabián Avellán) and Roberto Plaza from the Galapagos Islands. All four are wonderful photographers, guides and/or naturalists. There are also numerous posts that relate to birds through history, science and art. Happy Bird Watching!

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