Kenya Birds

Green Wood-hoopoe


powered by FreeFind
Green Wood-hoopoe

Photograph(s) Copyright ©P&H HARRIS

Phoeniculus purpureus

Other Names

  English Red-billed Wood-hoopoe   French Irrisor moqueur, Moqueur   German Baumhopf   Spanish Abubilla-arbórea Verde   Swedish Grön skratthärfågel   Dutch Groene Kakelaar   Italian Upupa arborea purpurea

World: Africa from Senegal and Gambia, East to Ethiopia and north-western Somalia and South to northern and eastern Botswana and central and eastern South Africa.

Kenya: Locally common in wooded habitats up to 2800m. Absent from most of North and North-East Kenya.

The commonest of the Wood-hoopoes which, despite the name, generally looks more blue than green. It looks, especially when seen in the shade, a lot like some of the other wood hoopoes particularly the Black-billed Wood-hoopoe and the Violet Wood-hoopoe. The Black-billed fortunately lives only in the North-East where the Green Wood-hoopoe is absent; the Violet Wood-hoopoe's range does overlap and they're very difficult to distinguish.

Although we've seen solitary birds, they're usually seen in small groups. They are communal birds, travelling in noisy groups and protecting their territory with group displays which consist of fanning their wings and tails while swaying.

They are agile, arboreal bird which cling to branches, often hanging upside down while probing crevices in the bark looking for the arthropods which make up most of their diet. This can make them very difficult to photograph as they seem to be constantly on the move, running around the trunks of trees and hiding behind hanging branches!

General
What's New?
Home
Trip Reports
Articles
Map
Links
email

Birds
Sightings
Species Index
Galleries
Check Lists
Endemics

Parks/Reserves Aberdares
Amboseli
Lake Baringo
Kakamega
Maasai Mara
Meru
Mt. Kenya
Lake Naivasha
Samburu
Soda Lakes
Tsavo

Other Places
The Coast
Embu
Endashant
Ewaso Narok
Koru
Ndara
Lake Victoria
IBAs


The Beasts


Click Here to Visit!