The African hoopoe (Upupu africana) eats mainly caterpillars and worms which it finds on the ground while probing with its long beak. The Hoopoe (pron.: /ˈhuːpuː/) 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. The Hoopoe is widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. In what was long thought to be a defensive posture, Hoopoes sunbathe by spreading out their wings and tail low against the ground and tilting their head up; they often fold their wings and preen halfway through. The Hoopoe also enjoys taking dust and sand baths. More info
This one was looking for worms at Weesgerus, near Modimolle, South Africa.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Feathered Friends
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11 Febr. 2013.