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.