The Eurasian Hoopoe (Scientific name: Upupa epops) is the most widespread species of the genus Upupa, native to Europe, Asia and the northern half of Africa. They are colorful birds, notable for their distinctive “crown” of feathers. Their name comes from the onomatopoeic sound produced by the bird: oop-oop-oop.
Clicked at Qurum Park, Muscat, in Feb/2018.
Hoopoes are very rare visitors to UK and I’d always wanted to see one when I was younger. Then on my first visit to India, I went to the Taj Mahal and found myself sitting on the lawn in the late afternoon surrounded by over a dozen of them. It was quite the experience!
I am sure it was. A dozen! Wow.