Phoeniculidae – Wood Hoopoes

Green Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus) by Lee at NA

Green Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus) by Lee at National Aviary

the stork, the heron after its kind, the hoopoe,… (Leviticus 11:19 NKJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – BUCEROTIFORMES, Family – Phoeniculidae – Wood Hoopoes


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Species (9)

Forest Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus castaneiceps)
White-headed Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus bollei)
Green Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus)
Black-billed Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus somaliensis)
Violet Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus damarensis)
Grant’s Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus granti)
Black Scimitarbill (Rhinopomastus aterrimus)
Common Scimitarbill (Rhinopomastus cyanomelas)
Abyssinian Scimitarbill (Rhinopomastus minor)

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The Wood hoopoes and scimitarbills are a small African family, Phoeniculidae, of near passerine birds. They live south of the Sahara Desert and are not migratory. While the family is now restricted to sub-Saharan Africa, fossil evidence shows that the family once had a larger distribution. Fossils attributed to this family have been found in rocks in Germany.

The wood hoopoes are related to the kingfishers, the rollers, and the Hoopoe, forming a clade with this last according to Hackett et al. (2008). A close relationship between the Hoopoe and the woodhoopoes is also supported by the shared and unique nature of their stapes. They most resemble the true Hoopoe with their long down-curved bills and short rounded wings. (Wikipedia with editing)

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