African Hoopoe - Upupa africana

Rina Greeff

Jansenville, South Africa

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An African Hoopoe in our winter garden at Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
’n Hoephoep in ons wintertuin op Jansenville

Nine subspecies of Hoopoe are recognised with these subspecies varying mostly in size and the depth of colour in the plumage. Its range is wide, taking in Africa, Madagascar, Europe, and even parts of Asia. In Southern Africa it is found in almost all areas save for the desert, although numbers vary considerably from place to place.
The mainly rufous-coloured African hoopoe with its fluttering flight, somewhat reminiscent of a giant butterfly, presents a distinctive sight in the woodland, savanna, and gardens of Southern Africa. The African Hoopoe isn’t a sociable bird and is generally found either singly or in pairs (small loose flocks may be seen during the migration season).

Die hoephoep is ’n medium tot groter grootte (lengte 25–27 cm) voël met kenmerkende roesbruin kleur en duidelike veroekroon. Dit is ’n algemene gesig in parke en tuine. Die voël is so uniek dat hy sy eie genus (Upupa) en familie (Upupidae) verteenwoordig. (Wikipedia)

Camera: CanonEOS 500D

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