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Copyright: Kedar Kulkarni (kedarkulkarni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 234 W: 0 N: 346] (1459)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-04
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-17 5:35
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This is one more shot from my J&K trip in May. We could see lot of these birds in that region. Didn't get to see it with the crest up, but this was somewhat near! Thanks for stopping by

More info from wikipedia -

The Hoopoe (pronounced /'hu?pu?/), Upupa epops, is a colourful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive 'crown' of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae. One insular species, the Giant Hoopoe of Saint Helena, is extinct, and the Madagascar subspecies of the Hoopoe is sometimes elevated to a full species. The English name is derived from Latin upupa, which imitates the cry of the bird.

Distribution, habitat and migration

The Hoopoe is widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.[6] Most European and north Asian birds migrate to the tropics in winter.[8] In contrast the African populations are sedentary year-round. The species has been a vagrant in Alaska;[9] U. e. saturata was recorded as being seen there in 1975 in the Yukon Delta.[10] Hoopoes have been known to breed north of their European range,[11] and in southern England during warm, dry summers that provide plenty of grasshoppers and similar insects,[12] although as of the early 1980s northern European populations were reported to be in the decline possibly due to changes in climate.[11]

The Hoopoe has two basic requirements in its habitat; bare or lightly vegetated ground on which to forage and vertical surfaces with cavities (such as trees, cliffs or even walls, nestboxes, haystacks, and abandoned burrows[11]) in which to nest. These requirements can be provided in a wide range of ecosystems and as a consequence they inhabit a wide range of habitats from heathland, wooded steppes, savannas and grasslands, as well as glades inside forests. The Madagascar subspecies also makes use of more dense primary forest. The modification of natural habitats by humans for various agricultural purposes has led to them becoming common in olive groves, orchards, vineyards, parkland and farmland, although they are less common and declining in intensively farmed areas.[6] Hunting is of concern in southern Europe and Asia.[10]

Hoopoes make seasonal movements in response to rain in some regions such as in Ceylon and in the Western Ghats.[13]


The Hoopoe is a medium sized bird, 2532 cm (9.8-12.6 in) long, with a 4448 cm (17.319 in) wingspan weighing 46-89 g (1.6-3.1 oz). 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.[6]

The song is a trisyllabic "oop-oop-oop", which gives rise to its English and scientific names.


In what was long thought to be a defensive posture, Hoopoes sunbathe by spreading out their wings and tail low against the ground and tilting their head up; they often fold their wings and preen halfway through.[14] The Hoopoe also enjoys taking dust and sand baths.[15]

Diet and feeding

The diet of the Hoopoe is mostly composed of insects, although small reptiles and frogs as well as some plant matter such as seeds and berries are sometimes taken as well. It is a solitary forager which typically feeds on the ground. More rarely they will feed in the air, in pursuit of numerous swarming insects, where their strong and rounded wings make them fast and manoeuvrable. More commonly their foraging style is to stride on relatively open ground and periodically pause to probe the ground with the full length of their bill. Insect larvae, pupae and mole crickets are detected by the bill and either extracted or dug out with the strong feet. In addition to feeding in soil Hoopoes will feed on insects on the surface, as well as probing into piles of leaves and even using the bill to lever large stones and flake off bark. Common diet items include crickets, locusts, beetles, earwigs, cicadas, ant lions, bugs and ants. These can range from 10 to 150 mm in length, with the preferred size of prey being around 2030 mm. Larger prey items are beaten against the ground or a preferred stone in order to kill them and remove indigestible body parts such as wings and legs.[6]

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Hello, my right side neighbour!
You seemed to have had a good go at the wild life in Kashmir while you were there this year. A nice capture of a Hoopoe pecking the ground for insects.
Well done and keep them coming!

Hi Kedar,
A not very sharp image. But a nice capture of this hoopoe bird. Good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hi kedar,
perfec species and very good picture

Good night Bro Kedar!

Great capture, the vignetting effect works well. Good job with the exposure and focus too. This species also found in my homeland and Turkey too.
TFS and have a nice weekend!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-18 0:49]

Hello Kedar,
A nice capture of the Hoopoe with the crest almost raised. The POV and contrast with the grassy ground are great and the framing with a blurred edges to the image is quite effective.
Thanks and kind regards,

This is a nice shot, Kedar.
It reminds me of a few shots I posted of this bird a few days back.
Very well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-21 1:20]

Hello Kedar,
such a beautiful bird well presented in an effective and stylish composition. The blurry sides make it so dramatic.
Well thought shot.


hello Kedar

the blurred edges al around the image put superbly the bird
in evidence, with its fine focus sharpness and details, TFS


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