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 Post subject: Re: Hoopoe, African
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:01 pm 
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Imax, is there a possibility it was two females, and one male...and not the offspring of them??! Cause then I have your behaviour pinned! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Hoopoe, African
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RJ, the one definately was a juvie, as i have been watching it for a while now


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 Post subject: Re: Hoopoe, African
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Then Im not to sure as to why they fought.....Maybe just a typical marriage??! :lol:

Hoopoes are extremely territorial, and they like a few other birds....Give gifts of food,when trying to win a mate over. Which is why I thought, maybe the male, would fight with the one female(The one he wasnt interested in) when ever she came near his prized girl! :lol:

Not to sure why the parents would fight though! :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Hoopoe, African
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I also thought of that!

My only other conclusion is that both were juvies, with one being older than the other. the fighting with the older one is to get him / her "weaned" while the younger one still required care.


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 Post subject: Re: Hoopoe, African
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That also makes sense! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Hoopoe, African
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Great shot, of a typical male :clap: :thumbs_up:

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Got this this special chap. Turned off engine to get and scary mary got 2 white rhino creep right up on us.

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 Post subject: Re: Hoopoe, African
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Love these birds - just beautiful.
Always astounds me how lovely African birds are - much more exciting than the ones we regularly see in the uk!! However I was amazed when my father sighted one of them on a beach in northern England!!! But he's adamant he did - unfortunately there are no piccies to back it up!!!
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Gemma T wrote:
However I was amazed when my father sighted one of them on a beach in northern England!!! But he's adamant he did - unfortunately there are no piccies to back it up!!!
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No reason to doubt your dad! The hoopoe occurs in Europe and although many taxonomists split the species into Eurasian and African Hoopoe, they almost look the same!


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 Post subject: Re: Hoopoe, African
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Amazing...if you were surprised at your dad spotting one in Northern England can you believe how surprised I was to see one in Qatar.

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JoelR it would be interesting to know if this is the African or the Eurasion Hoopoe

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 Post subject: Re: Hoopoe, African
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JoelR it would be interesting to know if this is the African or the Eurasion Hoopoe

Probably Eurasian Hoopoe, which is the one that occurs north of Kenya according to Sinclair & Ryan's Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. The paler overall colour and white bars on wing are also good indicators. There should have been a white tail band though.

Some taxonomists consider the Hoopoe therefore as one species with about 9 gradually/geographically changing subspecies.


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 Post subject: Re: Hoopoe, African
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I photographed this one at home yesterday.

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Maybe it's this one's brother. :lol: Also taken in Phala this year.
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