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Monday, 17 June 2019

Hoopoe seen in Willingdon.

Hoopoe seen in Willingdon.

A Hoopoe was recently seen in Willingdon. The hoopoe is an exotic looking bird that is the size of a mistle thrush. It has a pinkinsh brown body, striking black and white wings, a long black downcurved bill, and a long pinkinsh-brown crest which it raises when excited.

It does not breed in the UK, but as many as 100 birds can turn up in spring (mostly seen as single birds) as birds migrating north to Europe from Africa overshoot and land on the south coast of England.

Hoopoe's eat insects and spiders and their natural habitats are farmland and grassland.

Robin Jones