green wood hoopoe
Birds of Namibia
Introduction: The green wood-hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus) inhabit woodlands, riverine forest, valley bushveld and wooded gardens. They are gregarious birds staying in pairs or groups of 3 to 14. dominance hierarchies are established with older birds who usually dominating younger ones. This species roost in tree cavities when daylight remains, leaving just after sunrise.
Distribution: Mainly in eastern, western and central woodlands.
Diet: Mainly insects, spiders, centipedes, frogs and geckos, berries and fruits.
Description: Often confused with violet wood-hoopoe although there are some subtle colouring differences on mantle. It has a most distinctive cackling chorus performed on pre-flight departures.
Breeding: Usually 3 or 4 eggs are laid before and after rains, typiclly between September and November and March and June. Nests consist of unlined cavities in trees, fencepost or hollow structures in buildings. Incubation periods are around 17 to 18 days. Predators include snakes such as the boomslang and common egg-eater and raptors such as the African goshawk.
Size: 32 to 34cm. Weight: 83g.
3 Days - A Sossusvlei trip including guided nature drives & visits to the dunes as well as a balloon safari
3 Days - NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful desert areas in Namibia - this fully inclusive trip visits this scenic area
3 Days - Swakopmund on the Namibian coast is the destination of this self drive tour
4 Days - Etosha & Ongava reserve offer excellent wildlife viewing
12 Days - Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha & Ongava Reserves, Okonjima