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The hoopoe has a long, pointy crest with black markings. When the hoopoe is excited, the crest rises and spreads out like an elaborate headdress.

The black-and-white barred pattern of the back, wings, and tail look as if he is wearing a robe. His fawn-colored chest, neck, and face perk up tall and proud while his long, pointed beak gives him the appearance of wisdom.
Latin name: Upupa epops
Unique beautiful feature: Elegant crown of feathers
Where they are found: Africa, Europe, Asia
Size: Length: 10 to 11 inches (26 to 28 cm); Weight: 1.66 to 3.06 ounces (47 to 87 g); Wingspan: 16.5 to 18 inches (42 to 46 cm)
Diet: Insects, seeds, berries, frogs, small reptiles

Not only is it the national bird of Israel, but even the ancient Egyptians regarded it as sacred by illustrating it on temples and tombs.

During the breeding season, hoopoes are monogamous and highly territorial. Males stay active during this period between serenading the female and beak-dueling with other males.

The female, who looks similar to the male but with duller colors, bears the sole responsibility of incubating her clutch of five to nine eggs.
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Plumpossum

"Latin name: Upupa epops"... tsk...

myself1935

Hi Sharon- Wonderful world we live in, huh!

Denim2020

Wow, this bird stands out with class! Thanks Jean

myself1935

l_bethoney, Thank you for your supportive comment-

l_bethoney

I have seen them in Kenya........on several occasions........one of the most beautiful birds I have ever seen.......something about it!...........Thanks for the puzzle

bjondron

That's a name one won't forget, nor the way it's feathered!

solidrock5806

Oh yes, it was! I enjoyed the moment :o)

myself1935

So would l. Donna- We don't have a good zoo around, but would not want to see it there either-

Donnajames

So beautiful. I sure would love to see one in person. :-)) dj

myself1935

Well, Petra, it is the national bird of Israel!
It must have been quite a sight seeing it up close for the first time-

solidrock5806

Saw one in Israel once, only 5 meters from me :O)

nanapuzzler

Yes. We have a couple in our back yard!

myself1935

Isn't it? Yet our domestic woodpeckers are elegant as well, don't you think?

nanapuzzler

Such an elegant looking bird*!*

myself1935

Thank you, glensue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GPEs5ldBmc

myself1935

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