About the Hamerkop
Also known as: Hammerkop,Hammerkopf, Hammerhead, Hammerhead Stork, Umbrette, Umber Bird, Tufted Umber, Anvilhead

The Hamerkop (or Hammerhead) is a stunning bird that can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and southwest Arabia. The shape of its head, with the crest and large bill is reminiscent of a hammer, from which it gets its name. It has the unusual behavior to gather in groups of up to ten birds and run around in circles, calling loudly and raising their crests. Another interesting behavior is the size of their nests, which can be more than 5 feet across.

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