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Birds

Common
Hoopoe

Least Concern

Decreasing

Common Hoopoe

Upupa epops

The Common Hoopoe is a colorful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia. It is notable for its distinctive crown of feathers.

The Common Hoopoe is a medium sized bird, 35 cm long, with a 50 cm wingspan weighing 90 gm. The species is highly distinctive, with a long, thin tapering bill that is black with a fawn base. The strengthened musculature of the head allows the bill to be opened when probing inside the soil. The hoopoe has broad and rounded wings capable of strong flight; these are larger in the northern migratory subspecies. The Hoopoe has a characteristic undulating flight, which is like that of a giant butterfly, caused by the wings half closing at the end of each beat or short sequence of beats.

In the Himalayas, the calls can be confused with that of the Himalayan Cuckoo, although the cuckoo typically produces four notes.

Hoopoe

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    কাকৈশিৰা
  • Bengali:
    মোহনচূড়া, হুদহুদ
  • Bhojpuri:
    नउनिया
  • Gujarati:
    ઘંટી-ટાંકણો, હુદહુદ
  • Hindi:
    हुदहुद, खटोला, नवाह
  • Kannada:
    ಚಂದ್ರಮುಕುಟ
  • Malayalam:
    ഉപ്പൂപ്പൻ
  • Marathi:
    हुदहुद्या, हुप्प्या, बागलफणी, फणेर्‍या
  • Nepali:
    फाप्रे चरा
  • Punjabi:
    ਚੱਕੀ ਰਾਹਾ
  • Sanskrit:
    पुत्रप्रिय
  • Tamil:
    கொண்டலாத்தி
Taxanomy

BUCEROTIFORMES
UPUPIDAE
Upupa epops

Quick Facts
  • It is the national bird of Israel.
Common Hoopoe

Range Map