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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Theme(s): Loot's Favourites 1, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4, Birds of South Africa 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-21 0:31
Viewed: 4490
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends,

First of all let me introduce myself,I am a Green (Redbilled) Wood-hoopoe ,or you can call me Rooibekkakelaar,thats how they call me overhere,and if my sources are right,this is the first time I show up in this place you call TN,my relatives and I live in the southern region of Africa and like especially the woodlands or thornfield habitats,this portrait of me has been made in the Satara restcamp of the famous Krugerpark,maybe I will show up more in this place,but bye for now,

The Green Wood-hoepoe is a striking blue-green bird with white flashes on the wing and tail. Size 30-36cm - Similar in build and size to a Laughing Dove, but with a long tail Afrikaans: Rooibekkakelaar

The bill is long, slender and down curved. It is bright red in colour. The legs and feet are red, and the eyes are dark brown.

The overall plumage colour is a blue-green metallic black, with the mantled and back brighter green and other areas more blue-black. It has white patches in the wing, which are visible when perched, and white patches on the outer feathers of the long tail - which are visible in flight.

This is a species of woodland, coastal bush, riverine bush and well-wooded gardens and parks. It is usually seen in family parties, and this is a noisy species. It spends much of the time clambering around tree trunks, exploring cracks in the back and probing under the bark. It is conspicuous when flying between trees, with white flashes in the wing and tail.

The Green Wood-hoepoe eats insects, millipedes, lizards and the nectar of flowers.

The call is a loud cackling, which starts slowly and then builds to a crescendo with more birds joining in.

The Green Wood-hoepoe breeds in all months, but primarily in summer. It nests in a hole in a tree - usually the old nest hole of another hole-nesting bird. There is no lining to the nest, and the female stays in the nest most of the time once incubation has begun. The male and other "helpers" in the flock feed the incubating female, and young. The nest becomes very smelly, and the young also discharge a foul-smelling secretion if handled.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-21 2:01]

Hallo Paul,
Mooie foto van deze Groene Kakelaar. Door het gebruik van de flits komen de kleuren prachtig naar voren. Jammer van het takje voor z'n kop. (wegklonen?) Leuk weer een nieuwe vogel op TN. Ik heb hem ook eens in het wild gezien maar geen foto kunnen nemen.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-21 2:35]

Ha Paul,
ik moest eerst drie keer kijken wat ik nu eigenlijk zag op de foto, maar ik vind het een geweldige foto. En ik bedacht me dat ik deze soort ook eens gezien heb, maar ik kan echt niet meer bedenken waar en wanneer. Mooie metallic kleuren.

Hello Paul, nice catch of this interesting bird-one that Ive never seen before. It looks very exotic I do like the pose you caught with its beak open, the focus looks sharp on the bird, and the colours are wonderful - the metallic plummage looks very nice. tfs Rgds Necip

Hello Paul.
A very interesting capture of a most unusual bird.
There have been many postings of Hoopoe on TN but this is the first one of this species.
Your note is very informative too.
Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-21 16:39]

Hello Paul,
Very nice capture of this species and congratulations on posting the first one. Great plummage colors and patterns and what an impressive bill.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-21 23:39]

Hi Paul

Great shot of the hoopooe. Great lighting and colour + great pose.


Hello Paul,
Very interesting rare bird with excellent details, POV & sharpness. TFS.

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