Widespread in southern Africa below 15 degrees North except in arid and southwestern portions
Forest and wooded savanna
Wild: Larvae and crustaceans found in trees
Breeding season is August to October in tree holes in 18 days.
Rarely to ten years; mortality is common due to food availability and territory restrictions.
A food long, slender bird distinguished by its long red bill, its red legs, and its long gradiated tail. It is a blackish bird highlighted by the green iridescent plumage on body, but violet on wings and tail. At end of tail are white wingbars and spots.
Behavior: Live in pairs or forage in trees as is or in small groups. When foraging, they have a loud cackling cry that ends in crescendo. Their home is a tree hold. Act like tits and woodpeckers in tree foraging.
Reproduction: Incubation is done by the female and fed by her mate. Chicks are fed by the pair and fledge at about 30 days.
Did You Know?
- Young and females have a particular defensive behavior that involves exuding a horrible stink when threatened.
- There are several African hoopoes distinctly different than they European hoopoe, but the name comes from their distinctive call of "hoop, hoop!"
Where in the Zoo?
I can be found in the African Elephant Crossing at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.