Eurasian Hoopoe

Upupa epops

(U. e. epops)

Armenian Name: Հոպոպ
Eurasian Hoopoe

See Plate 37 for Eurasian Hoopoe and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length:26-28 cm, Wing Span:42-46 cm
Distribution Map: Map 194.
Description: Long decurved bill and large crest.
Adult: Boldly-banded black and white flight feathers and tail. Pink-orange head and mantle, slightly paler on throat and breast. Crest tipped with black.
Juvenile: Duller; off-white bands on wings and tail, and lacks pink below.
Behavior: Often walks on ground with crest fanned. Flight is slow and bounding with deep wingbeats.
Habitat: Widespread from semidesert to mountain steppe.
Food: Invertebrates (especially beetle larvae), small vertebrates.
Nest: Cup of stems, feathers, and wool in cavity of tree, wall, or stone pile; burrow in sand or clay bank.
Eggs: 26 mm, 5-9, olive-green.