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 its prey, this Hoopoe was alarmed and displayed its beautiful crown of feathers as well as its tail feathers.

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


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