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Wood-hoepoe: Green (Redbilled)

Unread postby Peter Betts » Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:08 pm

It was such a strange experience. In the same tree that I photographed the Tinkerbird not 2 feet away on the same level was a Green Wood-Hoopoe nest. It was really interesting to see the whole flock participating in feeding the nestlings. Again I was late for the Forum Braai so I just fired off a couple of shots on Program everything and I am going to try and get some better ones to post next week when I go to Addo Tomorrow.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Oct 28, 2006 7:42 pm

Have seen this bird in Addo and Kruger.
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Unread postby leopardspotter » Mon Nov 27, 2006 7:14 pm

Here's one photographed in Letaba:
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Unread postby TXDrifter » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:44 pm

A couple more shots.

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Unread postby Anja » Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:17 pm

Peter, great you saw the woodhoopoe nest.
During our stay last year we saw this Green Woodhoopoe at Crocodile bridge, being very busy looking for food. What I thought was very odd, was the white throat of this one. Has anyone else see this before?
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Unread postby francoisd » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:39 am

Anja wrote:What I thought was very odd, was the white throat of this one. Has anyone else see this before?

Don't remember seeing it before. I'm going to show your photo around a bit to some birding friends of mine to hear if they've seen this before.

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Unread postby francoisd » Thu Jan 11, 2007 9:51 am

Anja. The white "spots" on the throat, "stomach" area and the small white spot on the right thigh seems to indicate that this is partial leucism. Leucism can be limited to a couple of white spots to extensive white areas. You can see photos of partial and "full" leucism here
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Unread postby Anja » Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:29 pm

Francoisd, thanks for your research.
For a while I had my doubts about this bird being a green woodhoopoe by the several white spots. But according to my bird guide it couln't be any other kind of bird. Now it's clear what caused the white spots.

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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:59 am

On a birding forum where I also asked for advice someone mentioned that they saw a partial leucistic Red-billed Wood-hoopoe about 2-3 years ago coincidentally also in Crocodile Bridge area.
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Re: Wood-hoepoe: Green (Redbilled)

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:19 pm

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Dedicated to Wood-Hoepoe's

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Is this bird too underrated?
It is one of my Favourites. The colours, the attitude, the noise.....
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Unread postby Haplo » Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:03 pm

These guys surely qualify as one of the noisiest crowds when in a small flock - A whole lot of VERY unmusical sreetching, and they yell a lot!
Not at all similar to the African Hoepoe - the beautiful soft spoken African Hoepoe makes soft calls, the green bunch are raucous, loud and they kind of cackle a lot. But my goodness, if you have ever seen a bunch of them together, you will know what loud is. They sound a little like a hyena in full cry (just less melodious), and there is a fair bit of plain ole screechin'.
Imagine going "sceeyaaaa" REAL loud, without stopping for 2 solid minutes...
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Re: Dedicated to Wood-Hoepoe's

Unread postby Haplo » Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:05 pm

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A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?
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