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. The crown of feathers are not normally opened during digging for food, but just as this Hoopoe got the first part of the beetle grub out of the ground, a Common Mynah decided to try to steal the grub, and the crown feathers are a reaction to the approaching bully bird.

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

 

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