Bird of the Week Hoopoe


Exotic, charismatic and pleasingly scarce to boot, the sight of a Hoopoe on a spring day in Britain and Ireland is always something to savour. This week has seen the first meaningful influx of these punk-crested beauties arriving on our shores, with upwards of 20 seen. Of those, the Portland bird appears to have been by far the most popular among our contributors, as the images below go to show.

Hoopoe, Portland, Dorset (Photo: Mark Wright)

Hoopoe, Portland, Dorset (Photo: Tony Hovell)

Hoopoe, Portland, Dorset (Photo: anon)

Hoopoe, Portland, Dorset (Photo: Brendan Sheils)

Hoopoe, Portland, Dorset (Photo: Chris Hooper)

Hoopoe, Soar, Devon (Photo: Alan Doidge)

And here's a bit of video footage to boot:

Hoopoe, Portland, Dorset (Video: Martin Cade)

Related articles

Bird of the Week Pallid Harrier Bird of the Week Pallid Harrier
One of Europe's sleekest birds of prey, displaying on a moor in Lancashire and entertaining the crowds, makes for a fitting Bird of the Week. read on read on
Bird of the Week Bluethroat, Lincolnshire Bird of the Week Bluethroat, Lincolnshire
A genuine mid-winter surprise, the extremely confiding Bluethroat in Lincolnshire is our Bird of the Week. read on read on
Bird of the Week Siberian Accentor, Easington Bird of the Week Siberian Accentor, Easington
This blockbuster rarity drew huge crowds to the East Yorkshire coast during its protracted stay. read on read on
Bird of the Week Red-backed Shrike, Newhaven Bird of the Week Red-backed Shrike, Newhaven
Our Bird of the Week is this confiding beauty on the East Sussex coast. read on read on
Bird of the Week Kentish Plover Bird of the Week Kentish Plover
A glorious male Kentish Plover in Greater Manchester is this week's star bird. read on read on

The information in this article was believed correct at the time of writing. BirdGuides accepts no responsibility for errors, or for any consequences of acting on information in the article. The opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily shared by BirdGuides Ltd.

hide section Reader comments (0)

No comments so far.

Back to top Back to top

Latest edition Latest edition
Search articles Search articles
All articles All articles
Popular articles Popular articles
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Terms of Sale | Cookie Policy | About us | Advertise | Contact us
BirdGuides, Warners Group Publications PLC, The Chocolate Factory, 5 Clarendon Road, London N22 6XJ
© 2017 BirdGuides and Warners Group Publications plc. All Rights Reserved. Company Registered in England no. 2572212 | VAT registration No. GB 638 3492 15
Sales: or tel. 0800 919391 · International Sales: +44 (0)1778 391180 · Office: or tel. 020 8826 0934

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites