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vanity bird
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Copyright: Franco Degani (degani) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-23 1:30
Viewed: 5322
Points: 14
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Dear TN friends, I did not know what was this nice bird but Howard and Silvio gave me a great help.
It is an Hoopoe, so I finded in Wikipedia as follows.
The Hoopoe, Upupa epops is a bird in the same order of often colourful near passerine birds as the kingfishers, bee-eaters, and rollers.
However, in the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, the Hoopoe is separated from the Coraciiformes as a separate order, the Upupiformes. It is the only extant member of its family, although what are now considered subspecies, such as the resident African form U. e. africana, were formerly sometimes given specific status.
Hoopoes are widespread in Europe, Asia and North Africa, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. They migrate from all but the southernmost part of their range to the tropics in winter.
Their habitat is open cultivated ground with short grass or bare patches. They spend much time on the ground hunting insects and worms. That diet may have been among the reasons the Hoopoe is included on the Old Testament's list of unclean birds (see Leviticus 11:19 and Deuteronomy 14:18).

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Looks like a Hoopoe, Upupa epops...never seen one on Trek, so excellent image and very nice to see....!!!

Ciao Franco, sembrerebbe un Upupa o qualcosa del genere, non so, perņ ha tutti i diritti di essere vanitoso, č splendido con magnifici colori, grazie per avercelo mostrato con la tua bella foto, ciao Silvio

Hi Franco,

A wonderful-perfect Upupa capture with splendid focus, wonderful colors, nice lighting and excellent sharpness! TFS.
Have a nice weekend friend!


A beautiful Upupa specimen captured expertly. Thanks for this very nice composition my friend.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-02-23 6:13]

hi Franco,
great shot of a crazy looking bird. that headpiece it's got sure is something! nice pose, nice photo.
thanks for sharing

bellissima imagien di upupa (mi ha sempre fatto ridere questo nome....
fors edovrei pettinarmi come lei che ne dici?

Hello Franco,

Very nice capture of this hoopoe. Good composition and focus. Splendid colours.

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