One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long-tailed African bird with a long, slender, down-curved bill and blackish plumage with a blue or green gloss.
- ‘At first dawn, the grounds of our lodge come alive with the new sounds of cuckoos, wood-hoopoes, babblers, robin-chats, sunbirds, and many more.’
- ‘Additional Old World families of this large order include bee-eaters, ground-rollers, hoopoes, wood-hoopoes, and hornbills.’
- ‘Most welcome in recent times around our house has been the friendly cackle of a family of green wood-hoopoes (formerly red-billed wood-hoopoe).’
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