Category: Nature


Photo and caption by Richard Simonsen

The Hoopoe is a fascinating and beautiful bird. It feeds on caterpillars, grubs and other insects it digs up from grassy areas. It will display its beautiful feathers on occasion while preening or stretching, or sometimes in alarm, as in this case when it came upon a dead chick in the grass and showed its horror with a full display of feathers prior to backing away and leaving the area.

Location: University of Sharjah, University City, Sharjah, UAE


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