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About the Hoopoe

Also known as: Common Hoopoe, Eurasian Hoopoe

The Hoopoe is a garish crowned species of bird found across parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. They have a conspicuous crest of headfeathers that can be displayed in a fan or flat against the back of the head.

The Hoopoe's habitat is open cultivated ground with short grass or bare patches. They spend a lot of time on the ground hunting for insects and worms. The song is 'oop-oop-oop', which gives rise to its common and Latin names.

Hoopoes are widespread across their range, and have a conservation status of Least Concern as of July 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 September 2007
Scientific Name Upupa epops
  • Coraciiformes
  • Upupidae
  • Upupa
  • U. epops
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
10 to 11.6 inches
17 to 19 inches
1.3 to 3.1 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa

International Names

  • 戴胜 (Chinese)
  • Dudek Chocholatý (Czech)
  • Hærfugl (Danish)
  • Hop (Dutch)
  • Harjalintu (Finnish)
  • Huppe Fasciáe (French)
  • Wiedehopf (German)
  • Upupa Epops (Italian)
  • ヤツガシラ (Yatsugashira) (Japanese)
  • 후투티 (Hututi) (Korean)
  • Hærfugl (Norwegian)
  • Dudek (Polish)
  • Удод (Russian)
  • Abubilla (Spanish)
  • Härfågel (Swedish)

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