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.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 05 September 2007
Scientific Name
Upupa epops
  • Coraciiformes
  • Upupidae
  • Upupa
  • U. epops
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
10 to 11.6 inches
17 to 19 inches
1.3 to 3.1 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 戴胜
Czech (Cesky) Dudek Chocholatý
Danish (Dansk) Hærfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Hop
Finnish (Suomi) Harjalintu
French (Français) Huppe Fasciáe
German (Deutsch) Wiedehopf
Italian (Italiano) Upupa Epops
Japanese (日本語) ヤツガシラ (Yatsugashira)
Korean (한국어) 후투티 (Hututi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Hærfugl
Polish (Polski) Dudek
Russian (русский язык) Удод
Spanish (Español) Abubilla
Swedish (Svenska) Härfågel
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