The Crested Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a resident bird of most of sub-Saharan Africa.
The Crested Hoopoe has brown-orange head, neck and underbelly, with a long orange, black-tipped crest feathers that can be raised and lowered. It has black and white bars and spots on its wings and tail. It has short legs and a long, thin, downward-curved beak.
It flies like a butterfly with rounded wings.
The Crested Hoopoe grows to about 28 centimetres (11 inches).
The Crested Hoopoe likes wooded savannas, open parklands and olive groves, as well as urban areas.
It uses its long beak to probe the ground for food. It is mainly insectivorous.
It nests in a cavity in a tree or a termite mound, wall, or on the ground. Females lay 4-9 eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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