French: Irrisor moqueur German: Baumhopf Spanish: Abubilla arbórea verde
Other common names:
J. F. Miller
India and Africa = Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. guineensis
(Reichenow, 1902) – S Mauritania, N Senegal and Mali to N Ghana, Nigeria, S Chad and Central African Republic.
P. p. senegalensis
(Vieillot, 1822) – S Senegal and Gambia E to S Ghana.
P. p. niloticus
(Neumann, 1903) – S Sudan, W Ethiopia, South Sudan and NE DRCongo.
P. p. marwitzi
(Reichenow, 1906) – Uganda and Kenya S to NE South Africa (N KwaZulu-Natal); few records in extreme S Somalia.
P. p. angolensis
(Reichenow, 1902) – Angola and Namibia E to W Zambia and W Zimbabwe and S to N South Africa.
P. p. purpureus
(J. F. Miller, 1784) – SE South Africa from E Western Cape E to S KwaZulu-Natal.
32·5–40 cm; male 54–99 g, female 52–75 g. A large, frequently noisy woodhoopoe. Nominate adult green-glossed; head and throat bluer, nape violet,... read more
Song (given in territorial encounters, bowing display, prior to copulation or immediately following... read more
Over its huge range, occurs in wide variety of habitats, including savanna, open woodland (... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists mostly of arthropods, including adult and larval moths, insect and spider egg masses, beetle larvae, pupae and adults, winged... read more
Over large range, breeding activity recorded in every month, in tropical regions usually associated with rain: in Senegambia in Apr and Jun... read more
Mostly resident; possible seasonal movement in W Africa. Highly philopatric in Kenya and South... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Extremely widespread geographically, and often common; in Senegambia, common to locally abundant; in Sierra Leone patchily distributed, locally not... read more
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