Monday, 3 July 2017
Labels: Albufera Marsh, Aves de España, Balearic Islands, Birds of Europe, Birds of Spain, España, Eurasian Hoopoe, Hoopoe, Majorca, Mallorca, Spain, Upupa epops
The Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a very striking member of the family Upupidae which is in the genus Upupa. It derives its English name from its distinctive call. It occurs in Europe, Asia and North Africa where it is predominantly a summer resident which winters in sub Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. It is absent from the northern parts of Eurasia. Southern populations, including those on the Balearic Islands, are sedentary. Formerly considered a single species, the Hoopoe has now been split into three species, the African Hoopoe (Upupa africana), the Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) and the Madagascan Hoopoe (U. marginata). A fourth species the Saint Helena Hoopoe (U. antaios), now extinct, occurred on Saint Helena Island.
Text © Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds