March 1, 2015 – Green Wood-hoopoe or Red-billed Wood-hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These birds are found in parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia. They are mostly insectivorous, occasionally also eating some small reptiles, fruits, seeds, and nectar. They are about 17 inches (44 cm) long including their tails and both sexes look similar. Nesting in tree hollows and other cavities, parents are assisted by several non-breeding helper birds. The helpers and the male bring food to the female while she incubates the eggs. Greater and Lesser Honeyguides are sometimes brood parasites of these birds, laying eggs in their nests to be raised by the wood-hoopoes.

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