Saturday, 19 April 2014

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

Latin Etymology: Upupa (phononym of call) epops (Greek name for species)
Adult Eurasian Hoopoe (subspecies - U. e. epops) at  Madrid Region Farmland, Spain - June 2015

Featured Subspecies: Upupa epops epops
Weight: 67g  /  Length: 25-32cm  /  Wingspan: 44-48cm
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List - Least Concern

I would consider the Hoopoe to be quite easily one of the most attractive species of birds in Europe - a orange with dramatic black and white wings which form long stripes across it's entire back when in flight.  More notable is the large crest on its head which it can display forward or fold back.  In the UK it is a rare but annual vagrant often only staying for a few days at a time, but the odd individual like this one may over winter in the country.  It is much more common in the rest of the old world, being found across most of Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and temperate to tropical Asia.  Subsequently, my guided birding trip from Madrid with Luis Sitges found several Hoopoe throughout the morning, giving some excellent views without the twitching required in this country.

Related Species:
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Upupidae
Genus: Upupa
Subspecies: U. e. epops, U. e. orientalis, U. e. ceylonensis, U. e. saturata, U. e. longirostris, U. e. major, U. e. senegalensis, U. e. waibeli

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A regular vagrant.
 - A single bird at Snodland which Wintered in 2013-2014.
ITALY - Italian - L'upupa
A locally reasonably common Summer migrant.
 - SICILY 2018 TRIP - One seen at Fiume Ciane 
SPAIN - Spanish - Abubilla 
A fairly common resident.
 - MADRID 2015 TRIP: Several seen in Patones 
 - MADRID 2016 TRIP: Individuals seen throughout at various locations including El Pardo, Laguna Campillo and Monfrague..

Further Notes: BirdForum OpusIUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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