long pointed crest; long decurved bill; buffy-red head (Spain; 2006-06-11)

Eurasian Hoopoe
Upupa epops

Native Range: Eurasia and Oriental Region

Notes: the Eurasian counterpart of Africa's African Hoopoe; utterly distinctive in plumage and body shape; nests in tree cavities; inhabits grassy and wooded plains, vinyards, parks, and gardens; moth-like flight; usually feeds on the ground.

bold black-and-white wing pattern (Spain; 2006-06-11)

black tail; buffy-orange underparts (Spain; 2006-06-11)

completely distinctive silhouette (Spain; 2006-06-11)

watching out for hawks soaring overhead (Spain; 2006-06-11)