A salmon-pink Eurasian bird with a long downcurved bill, a large erectile crest, and black-and-white wings and tail.
Upupa epops, the only member of the family Upupidae‘Seemingly invisible on our horses we rode amongst azure-winged magpies, great bustard, hoopoes and a hundred other species of birds.’
- ‘Black and white bands cross the hoopoe's wings, back and tail.’
- ‘There were birds everywhere, of all types - hoopoes, wagtails, tits, finches, and sparrows and swallows nesting in the beams of the house; there were cuckoos singing by day and nightjars by night.’
- ‘As the Nile at that time was rising, there were many hoopoes and ibises in the nets, more than could be counted.’
- ‘Orange headed thrush, Indian Pitta and resident birds such as oriole, spotted owlet and hoopoe can be sighted on this campus.’
Mid 17th century alteration of obsolete hoop, from Old French huppe, from Latin upupa, imitative of the bird's call.