hoopoe


hoopoe
/hooh"pooh/, n.
any Old World bird of the family Upupidae, esp. Upupa epops, of Europe, having an erectile, fanlike crest.
[1660-70; var. of obs. hoopoop (imit.); c. LG huppup; cf. L upupa]

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 (Upupa epops), strikingly crested bird found from southern Europe and Africa to southeastern Asia, the sole member of the family Upupidae of the roller order, Coraciiformes. About 28 centimetres (11 inches) long, it is pinkish brown on the head and shoulders, with a long, black-tipped, erectile crest and black-and-white barred wings and tail. The hoopoe takes insects and other small invertebrates by probing the ground with its long, downcurved bill. Some systems of classification recognize one other species (U. africana), found from Ethiopia to South Africa.

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