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Hoopoes – exotic looking birds

Baku, April 18, AZERTAC

Hoopoes have black, white and orangey-pink coloring with a large crest on their head.

The hoopoe is an exotic looking bird that is the size of a mistle thrush. It has a pinkish-brown body, striking black and white wings, a long black downcurved bill, and a long pinkish-brown crest, which it raises when excited.

The hoopoe has two basic requirements of its habitat: bare or lightly vegetated ground on which to forage and vertical surfaces with cavities.

The hoopoe inhabits a wide range of habitats such as heathland, wooded steppes, savannas and grasslands, as well as forest glades. The modification of natural habitats by humans for various agricultural purposes has led to hoopoes becoming common in olive groves, orchards, vineyards, parkland and farmland, although they are less common and are declining in intensively farmed areas.

There are 2 species worldwide and 1 species is dwelled in Azerbaijan.

 

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