Photo Profile Update: Hoopy – Hoopoe Bird

fgpixPhoto of the Hoopoe Bird (just while we’re talking): This beauty unexpectedly landed on my lap this morning; probably in process of migrating. A stunning bird though I do not expect many visits in this neck of the woods but will certainly keep an eye for it. Hope you enjoy this second interpretation!

About the Bird

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

Hoopoes make seasonal movements in response to rain in some regions such as in Ceylon and in the Western Ghats. Birds have been seen at high altitudes during migration across the Himalayas. One was recorded at about 6,400 m (21,000 ft) by the first Mount Everest expedition

Link to the original photo here