Order Bucerotiformes

Family Upupidae

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  • Medium-sized birds with long, thin, decurved bill, prominent erectile crest, broad rounded wings, and short but powerful legs.
  • Palearctic, Afrotropical and Oriental Regions.
  • Open country with patches of bare earth or short grass; needs trees, walls or buildings with cavities.
  • 26-32 cm.
  • 1 genus, 2 species, 9 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    probably 1 extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Kri?tín, A. (2019). Hoopoes (Upupidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52278 on 7 December 2019).