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Causses & Cévennes - sud Massif Central

Causses Cévennes

Vacation in the Gorges du Tarn, Causses & Cevennes

Hoopoe - Upupa epops

La Huppe


Huppe, hoopoe,  hop, Wiedehopf, upupa epops, Upupidae, harfägel, upupa, abubilla. 

Quite unmistakable, with long curved dark bill and prominent black-tipped crest, either folded down or erected fan-wise.

Plumage pinkish-cinnamon; tail and rounded wings strongly barred black and white so that in flight looks like a huge round-winged black and white moth.

Chief call a rapid far-carrying clipped 'hoo-hoo-hoo', less musical than Cuckoo and less drawn-out and quavering than Tawny Owl; hole-nester. Also several mewing notes and, in alarm a quiet chattering.
Nests in holes in trees.11 inch