On Sunday morning Grant called me to photograph a Wood-hoopoe sitting on top of a pole. At first I had the manual setting on my camera overexposed but have managed to edit the images for posting.
The Wood-hoopoe swung around and with head down and probed for insects in the holes in the wood. Here the barred tail is also clearly visible
The key distinguishing feature on the Green Wood-hoopoe
is the iridescent sheen on its neck and back
The Green Wood-hoopoe is found in woodland and riverine forests
Food is insects, (especially larvae) centipedes, geckos, frogs and they eat some fruits and nectar. Although the Green Wood-hoopoe is seen solitary as above, they normally are in groups of between 2 - 14 but averaging 3-4. Their calls in unison are a distinctive cackling chorus; likened to the laughter of women and performed by all members of the group.
Their breeding habits are interesting: they're monogamous and co-operative. The breeding pair is assisted by the rest of the group members. Usually they nest in natural tree cavaties; old woodpecker and barbet nests are used occasionally. The incubation period is 17-18 days and done by the female only. The male and the rest of the group members feed the female and chicks during the nestling and post-nestling period.
Later on in the week, I'll post the second good sighting we had.
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