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This was taken in Johannesburg.

The African Hoopoe is a bird about the same size as a starling. The height of the African Hoopoe is about 26 cms and its weight is about 57 gms

You will find that the male African Hoopoe plumage and colours are different to that of the female African Hoopoe

Head is cinnamon.
Eye is brown.
Bill is black.
Throat is cinnamon.
Back is cinnamon.
Legs are grey.
This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird …
The African Hoopoe feeds on the ground mainly on invertebrates

Breeding and nesting habits for this bird …
The African Hoopoe is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Upupa africana will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of African Hoopoe is to create the nest in a hole in a tree trunk. The bird lays eggs which are blue in colour and number between 4 to 7

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird …
The preferred habitats for African Hoopoe are: woodlands and grasslands

You will not see African Hoopoe in flocks. The bird prefers to act singly or in pairs.

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  • RajeevKashyap
    RajeevKashyapover 5 years ago

    Fabulous Work

  • Thanks so much Rajeev. You are always very kind friend.

    – laureenr

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thanks so much friend.

    – laureenr

  • Cherubtree
    Cherubtreeover 5 years ago

    Very interesting..:-)

  • Thanks so much Cherub.

    – laureenr

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 5 years ago

    What a colorful bird, full of carachter !! Beautiful capture my friend : ) Looks amazing !!

  • Thank you so much Sean. It was pecking away at the grass so fast, that it was difficult to capture at all.

    – laureenr

  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    Lovely bird

  • Thanks amillion Jesika. They are gorgeous and pretty rare to see.

    – laureenr

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago
    Fantastic capture, what a cool bird
  • Thanks so much Kathy. The hoepoe is very cool if you can get a decnt shot of it.

    – laureenr

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings Laureenr; Beautiful capture!

  • Thanks so much Steve. Much appreciated.

    – laureenr

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2over 5 years ago

    good catch lau!♥

  • Thanks a million Dougie. That is just so cool Dougie. How did you get that little heart in there? I love it.

    – laureenr

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    wow, amazing looking bird.

  • Thanks a million Joy. We do have some very awesome birds. Just difficult to photograph, although Macky succeeds.

    – laureenr

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2over 5 years ago

    alt 3 = ♥ (on the right hand number pad) 1 = ☺ 2= ☻ more later! xx♥♥xx ☺☺

  • Awesome Dougie. Thank you so much. I love your new sign language.

    – laureenr

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