Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Special birds: Hoopoe

The Hoopoe Upupa epops is a very familar bird, unmistakable. It is also widespread and locally common over much of the region, especially in the Balkans. It takes its names from one of its calls "opp-oop-oop" which though often gentle and weak actually carries quite far. Hoopoes inhabit open country with scattered trees or bushes, pastures, vineyards, orchards and even gardens. A summer visitor to Europe it spends the winter in Africa. A hole nester, it seeks out old woodpecker holes and natural tree cavities but also readily uses walls and buildings.

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