Green Wood-Hoopoe ( Phoeniculus purpureus, family: Phoeniculidae)
In Roberts 6 this bird was called Red-billed Wood-Hoopoe
The Green Wood-Hoopoe (Latin name Phoeniculus purpureus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 452 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 162 also a picture of the Green Wood-Hoopoe on page 161. The Green Wood-Hoopoe belongs to the family of birds classified as Phoeniculidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Green Wood-Hoopoe is also known by these other names: Wood-Hoopoe, Senegal Wood-Hoopoe.
In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Green Wood-Hoopoe was called the Red-billed Wood-Hoopoe
The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified.
The Green Wood-Hoopoe is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common resident. It is a special bird in my opinion with beautifully coloured plumage and flight feathers. It's red bill is a great identifier.
You'll find this bird all over the Park.
The Green Wood-Hoopoe is a bird a little bit bigger than a starling. The height is about 34 cms and its weight is about 83 gms
The male and female Green Wood-Hoopoe have the same plumage and colours
- Head is blue-green.
- Eye is brown.
- Bill is red.
- Throat is blue-green.
- Back is purplish-black.
- Legs are red.
This bird has normally proportioned leg length.
The Green Wood-Hoopoe feeds on the ground and in foliage or on a tree trunk. It eats ...
Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...
The Green Wood-Hoopoe is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Phoeniculus purpureus will seek out a new mate. The nest of the Green Wood-Hoopoe is built in a hole in a tree trunk. The bird lays 2 to 4 eggs which are green in colour.
The preferred habitats for Green Wood-Hoopoe are: woodlands and grasslands and riverine areas.
You will normally see the Green Wood-Hoopoe in pairs or flocks and not as single birds.
Names of this avian species in other languages ...
Xhosa ... Intlekibafazi
Zulu ... iNhlekabafazi/uNukani
German ... Steppenbaumhopf
Portuguese ... Zombeteiro-de-bico-vermelho
French ... Irrisor moqueur
Dutch ... Groene Kakelaar
For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...
Robert's 7th edition number ... 452
The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website , www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za