Hoopoes are colourful birds found across India, notable for their distinctive “crown” of feather. They are light yellow in colour. They have black & white colour strips (like zebra) on back, wings & tail.

The Hoopoe is named after its call. Hoopoe makes sound like “oop!” in sets of three. The Hoopoe is the national bird of Israel. They are native as well as migratory. They are usually found on ground, in search of food and can often be seen bathing in the sun and sand. They are monogamous, although the pair bond apparently only lasts for a single season. They are also territorial. The male calls frequently to advertise his ownership of the territory.

Chases and fights between rival males (and sometimes females) are common and can be brutal. Their lengthy, slightly beak of the Hoopoe allows it to forage through vegetation, dig into the ground to find insects to eat, and quickly feed nestlings mid-flight. They also use their beaks aggressively, in territorial fights and elsewhere. They’ve been observed scooping up winged insects and beating them against a rough surface to remove wings, legs and other parts that the bird deems unsuitable for eating.

Chases and fights between rival males (and sometimes females) are common and can be brutal. Their lengthy, slightly beak of the Hoopoe allows it to forage through vegetation, dig into the ground to find insects to eat, and quickly feed nestlings mid-flight. They also use their beaks aggressively, in territorial fights and elsewhere. They’ve been observed scooping up winged insects and beating them against a rough surface to remove wings, legs and other parts that the bird deems unsuitable for eating.

The diet of the Hoopoe is mostly composed of insects, although small reptiles, frogs and plant matter such as seeds and berries are sometimes taken as well.