A Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) struts across a lawn in Cairo, carrying a grub it just pulled up out of the sod. Eurasian Hoopoes are broadly distributed, from northwest Europe to central Africa and east to Southeast Asia. They are adapted to a wide range of open habitats and are frequently found around human settlements where they feed on a variety of insect pests. As a result Hoopoes are a familiar and well-liked bird. They appear in the Bible, in the Quran and in the iconography of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. Best of all, they have one of the most wonderful Latin names of any animal: Upupa epops is probably onomatopoetic, from their soft “oop oop oop” call.
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