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|The hoopoe bird is the national bird of Israel. Photographed in the Arava region of the Negev.|
Upupa and epops are respectively the Latin and Ancient Greek names for the hoopoe; both, like the English name, are onomatopoeic forms which imitate the cry of the bird.
The hoopoe was classified in the clade Coraciiformes, which also includes kingfishers, bee-eaters, and rollers. A close relationship between the hoopoe and the wood hoopoes is also supported by the shared and unique nature of their stapes. In the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, the hoopoe is separated from the Coraciiformes as a separate order, the Upupiformes. Some authorities place the wood hoopoes in the Upupiformes as well. Now the consensus is that both hoopoe and the wood hoopoes belong with the hornbills in the Bucerotiformes.
The fossil record of the hoopoes is very incomplete, with the earliest fossil coming from the Quaternary. The fossil record of their relatives is older, with fossil wood hoopoes dating back to the Miocene and those of an extinct related family, the Messelirrisoridae, dating from the Eocene.
Formerly considered a single species, the hoopoe has been split into three separate species: the Eurasian hoopoe, Madagascan hoopoe and the resident African hoopoe. One accepted separate species, the Saint Helena hoopoe, lived on the island of St Helena but became extinct in the 16th century, presumably due to introduced species.
The genus Upupa was created by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758. It then included three other species with long curved bills:
U. eremita (now Geronticus eremita), the northern bald ibis
U. pyrrhocorax (now Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), the red-billed chough
Formerly, the greater hoopoe-lark was also considered to also be a member of this genus (as Upupa alaudipes).
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- [2019-08-21 13:48]
Hi Alan,very rare in my country,i seen one for the first time this year,but i do a very bad pic. Your is absolutely perfect,great pose and the best sharpness and colors,very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
- [2019-08-22 1:53]
- [2019-08-22 7:03]
Very nice picture with an excellent sharpness!
Nice specie. I have met her in the past years and in the region where I live.
Excellent details and colors.
I haven't captured a good picture of this species here in South Africa yet. So still it is missing in my gallery, although so common.
Thanks and regards,