Order Bucerotiformes

Family Phoeniculidae

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  • Medium-sized arboreal birds, generally black, often iridescent, with or without white in wings and tail; bill forceps-like, usually decurved, specialized for obtaining arthropod prey in fissures and cracks in tree bark.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Wooded habitats, from tropical lowland rainforest to arid bush country.
  • 21-38 cm.
  • 2 genera, 8 species, 24 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Ligon, D. (2019). Woodhoopoes (Phoeniculidae). 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/52279 on 6 December 2019).