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Hoopoe, African

Unread postby Obelix » Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:54 pm

Hoopoe's making out (or something)

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Hoopoe: African Hoopoe

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:28 pm

African Hoopoe
Upupa africana

This bird is unmistakable.

Female: Duller.
Juvenile: More duller.
Habitat: Thornveld, open broadleafed woodland, parks and gardens.
Status: Common.
Call: Uttered 'hoop-hoop-hoop'.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:29 pm

Used to have one in my garden. There used to be a pair in the Satara parking area that has now given way to the temporary entrance.
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Unread postby graemy » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:10 pm

Seen at the Tsende waterhole just north of Mopani may 2008
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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:18 pm

Have a pair visiting my garden frequently.
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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:07 pm

Nice pics Imax :thumbs_up:

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Re: Hoopoe, African

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:34 pm

African Hoopoe Male(Kruger NP)

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African Hoopoe Female(Sunninghill)

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Re: Hoopoe, African

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:51 pm

Nice photo's RJ :clap:

What is the difference between a male and female? :redface:
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Re: Hoopoe, African

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:30 pm

Thanks Yolande :D

The colouration is one way, but not always the most certain!! The male is often more orange/brown in colour, with the female being paler.

The Best way to tell though, is from the patterning on the Primaries & Secondaries(Wing panel)!
The female, has barred secondaries, the male has a large white pied appearance.

If you look at Imax's pictures, The Paler one on the left, Is a female and the Darker on the right is a male. (Look closely and you will notice an obvious difference in the pattern of the wing as well) :wink: :D
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Re: Hoopoe, African

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:41 pm

Thanks RJ - seems a bit difficult to ID them apart. :hmz:
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Re: Hoopoe, African

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:45 pm

Fantastic pics RJ, and interesting in terms of identifying males and females. :D
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Re: Hoopoe, African

Unread postby Imax » Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:50 pm

Justin,

this is quite interesting. when i took these photos there were three Hoepoo's, two pale and one dark. Are you then saying that it is the male feeding the young one?

the dark one and other pale one kept a good distance apart and each time they came close had a huge fight! Unfortunatly the photos of that is blurred

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Re: Hoopoe, African

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:00 pm

Thank you Elsa :D :thumbs_up:
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