Netted and ringed by BirdLife Malta. Quite a dramatic bird and neat to see in the hand.
1 feeding outside herbarium building
Location: Hathikhira Tea Estate, Karimganj District, Assam
Date: 3rd March 2013
Equipment: Nikon D300s with Nikkor 300mm f2.8 + 1.7x TC
The Hoopoe /ˈhuːpuː/ (Upupa epops) is a colourful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive 'crown' of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae. One insular species, the Saint Helena Hoopoe, is extinct, and the Madagascar subspecies of the Hoopoe is sometimes elevated to a full species. Like the Latin name upupa, the English name is an onomatopoeic form which imitates the cry of the bird.