Hoopoe

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 can spend several minutes in extracting its meal from the ground. It then kills and softens up the food and tosses it quickly in the air before swallowing. Prior to swallowing, this Hoopoe was scared off by an approaching poacher bird and it flew off to eat somewhere safer.

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

 

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