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A salmon-pink Eurasian bird with a long downcurved bill, a large erectile crest, and black-and-white wings and tail.
- ‘Seemingly invisible on our horses we rode amongst azure-winged magpies, great bustard, hoopoes and a hundred other species of birds.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Orange headed thrush, Indian Pitta and resident birds such as oriole, spotted owlet and hoopoe can be sighted on this campus.’
- ‘As the Nile at that time was rising, there were many hoopoes and ibises in the nets, more than could be counted.’
- ‘Black and white bands cross the hoopoe's wings, back and tail.’
Mid 17th century: alteration of obsolete hoop, from Old French huppe, from Latin upupa, imitative of the bird's call.
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