(Upupidae; Ϯ Hoopoe U. epops) L. upupa  hoopoe  < Gr. εποψ epops,  εποπος epopos  hoopoe; "58. UPUPA.  Rostrum arcuatum, convexum, subcompressum   Lingua obtusa, integerrima, triquetra, brevissima." (Linnaeus 1758); "Upupa Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. 10, 1, 1758, p. 117. Type, by tautonymy, Upupa epops Linné (Upupa, prebinomial specific name in synonymy)." (Peters 1945, V, 247). Linnaeus's Upupa comprised four species (U. Epops, U. paradisea, U. Eremita, U. Pyrrhocorax). Since classicial times the Hoopoe’s name in many languages has been onomatopoeic of its distinctive and familiar call (e.g. Arabic Hudhud, Dutch Hop, French Huppe puput, Portuguese Poupa, Spanish Abubilla).
Var. Hupupa, Eupupa.
Synon. Epops, Epopsides.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 15 December 2018).