Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

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pedrocut on October 30, 2011

This Hoopoe was seen in the Algarve, Portugal but if you are lucky can also be seen in England

Kenny Wharton on October 31, 2011

I have seen these in the greek islands but never in the UK

David Brown Photogra… on October 31, 2011

Peter - you've been on holiday!!!

Well done mate.

I need to go someplace warm. Its chuffin' cold here.

I bet I'll never see any of these over 'ere!

Cheers marra - Jethro

pedrocut on October 31, 2011

Hi Jethro

Yes I think you would have to be extremely lucky to see one over there, but you would probably have more chance of winning the lottery!

I found this...

Hoopoe, a first record for North America.--On 2 September1975 a male Hoopoe, Upupa epops, fed among drift logs and debris near Old Chevak, Clarence Rhode National Wildlife Range, Yukon- Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska (at61ø26'N, 165ø27'W)and on 3 September it was collected (UAM 3419, fat moderate with left testis 2x 1mm).The specimen was determined to be U.e. saturata by John Farrand, American Museum of Natural History. This adds a new species and family (Upupidae) to the avifauna of the Western Hemisphere.

Dau, Christian; Paniyak, Jack (1977)

David Brown Photogra… on November 1, 2011

It is interesting but when I went to Alaska for the first time, I felt quite at home. The climate is like northern England and the wildlife is just the same! So its no surprise to find a hoopoe there (or at least to me).

Many thanks for the detail Peter


Kenny Wharton on November 1, 2011

Jethro I just love your sense of humour (or is that humor) likening our temperate climate to sub polar. Indeed the summer highs can be similar but Britain does not dip to -50. Anyway I have heard your east coast is suffering from a bit of the white stuff while we are enjoying unusually high temperatures.

Peters article was very interesting as I had always considered the Hoopoe to be mediterranean. Could you shed any light as to what the fat moderate with left testis means???



Andy Rodker on April 16, 2012

Like. Hi Peter, I have now been living in Madrid and walking in the Mountains of Central Spain for 18 months and have been unable to see (let alone photogaph) a hoopoe. I've seen Spanish Imperial Eagles (although without my camera!)- but no such luck with these! I don't know why, I'm usually quite observant with nature - just haven't come across one, YET!! Nice picture anyway. Best wishes, Andy

pedrocut on April 16, 2012

Hi Andy

That's interesting as I see they are well distributed over the Iberian Peninsular, although my book is getting on a bit now!

I will be over to see your gallery shortly,

All the best Peter

Andy Rodker on April 16, 2012

Hi Peter,

Apparently they are well distributed.

I've always wanted to see one and never have (and that includes months at a time in the South of France and several visits to Central and Western Spain since the early 80s!). Just bad luck I suppose!

My reference books are also a tad ancient but are still usually reliable!

All the best,


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