|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Woodhoopoes are a small African family of near passerine birds. These tropical species are not migratory.|
The woodhoopoes are related to the kingfishers, rollers and hoopoe. They most resemble the last species with their long curved bills, used for probing for insects, and short rounded wings.
However, they differ in that they have metallic plumage, often blue, green or purple, and lack an erectile crest. They are more gregarious than the Hoopoe, and can often be seen in small groups.
These are birds of open African woodland, mainly arboreal in their habits. They are hole-nesters, laying two or three eggs.
There are seven species in two genera:
· Green Wood Hoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus
· Violet Wood Hoopoe, Phoeniculus damarensis
· Black-billed Wood Hoopoe, Phoeniculus somaliensis
· White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Phoeniculus bollei
· Forest Wood Hoopoe, Phoeniculus castaneiceps
· Black Scimitar-bill, Rhinopomastus aterrimus
· Common Scimitar-bill, Rhinopomastus cyanomelas
· Abyssinian Scimitar-bill, Rhinopomastus minor
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Good perspective to focus on the upper part of this interesting bird, Jannie.
The beak is really a unique feature of this wood hoopoe.
- [2006-05-24 15:18]
Wonderful capture.Details on black feathers are great.POV,catchlight in eyes and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)
Very nice capture with a great close up and details. Maybe shadows not helps much, but still a nice pic
What a unique looking bird! Love the composition and framing. That big curved beak is amazing. Nice sheen to the plumage. Well shown in sharp detail.
- [2006-05-25 2:09]
What an unusual and great looking bird.
An incredible bill, and beautiful colors on him.
Sharp details and interesting pose too.
Too bad there are shadows (?) on his body.
TFS. : )