Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hoopee at Ooty

During our visit to Ooty, we came across many colourful birds. Our trip was made memorable by the presence of beautiful birds. One such colourful bird we saw was Hoopee. 



It is a medium-sized bird that is 9.8–12.6 inches long, with a 17–19 inches wingspan. It is easily recognized because of its colorful feathers. It has cinnamon to chestnut in color, with white and black stripes on the wings and tail. 



It has prominent, upright crest on its head. It has long and strong black beak that is curved and adapted for the feeding on the ground.



It eats different type of insects, small reptiles, snails, frogs, seeds, berries and other types of plant materials.

42 comments:

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Such a beautiful bird.

Margaret Adamson said...

This is a beautiful bird which I have seen quite a number of times on my travels. We do not have it in Northern Ireland so it was lovely to see your images this weekend. Have a lovely weekend.

Adam Jones said...

It's a fantastic bird and one on my list to see. Great pictures.

Phil Slade said...

A great bird Rajesh. It's wonderful to see one in India as it is in Europe too.

TexWisGirl said...

a fabulous bird! great shots of it!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Nice shots of this beautiful bird.

Frank said...

A cool bird that I have been fortunate to see a few times.

Lovely shots Rajesh.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful, very distinctive looking bird.

maryaustria said...

What a beautiful bird!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

What a beautiful bird.....great shots!

Marie said...

He's just amazing! Had to show him to my grandson!

EG CameraGirl said...

I LOVE the bird's colouring!

singhalalok said...

Wow, i never saw such a beauty. I have been to Ooty a couple of times.

carol l mckenna said...

Very beautiful bird and macro shots!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Sridharan Srinivasan said...

Beautiful bird well captured..

rupam sarma said...

Lovely bird, beautiful photos.

Bibi said...

What a beautiful bird, and love that beak.

Wandering Wren said...

I love your amazing bird & even more this week Rajesh because I've been to Ooty on the train but never saw whilst there, I'd better go back! :)
Wren x

NatureFootstep said...

this bird is on my wishlist !

Jeevan said...

Beautiful captures and great detail on its feature! Glad you find it

bettyl-NZ said...

What an unusual bird! The beak reminds me of our native kiwis.

Modesto Viegas said...

Nice bird!!!

Mary Cromer said...

Beautiful bird!!!

Karen said...

Wow, what a cool looking bird!

Carver said...

That's an amazing looking bird.

mick said...

Great photos of a very interesting bird.

Breathtaking said...

They are amazing looking birds. I see them often on our farm, but one has stalk them very quietly, or they fly away in an instant. Very good shots of these shy birds.

Chris Rohrer said...

This is such an amazing bird and definitely a top 10 bird for me! Very cool!

HansHB said...

A beautiful serie, well done!
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Nora said...

Wow that is a great bird with so many colors...and such a long beak. This is my first time seeing this bird. I really like this blog and will follow.

Mike said...

What a great bird! I have never even heard of it.

Iowa Voice

eileeninmd said...

The Hoopoe is a great bird.

Joyful said...

This is an interesting looking bird and you got some great photos of it.

Neil said...

Beautiful bird.

Stewart M said...

What a wonderful bird - I have seen one of these just once - in a hotel car park in Oman! I got very excited!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

purba chakraborty said...

Wow! Such a beautiful bird. Great captures :)

Arun Prasadh said...

Nice bird. Well captured.

Aunt Mary said...

Cute and beautiful bird:)

Ravish Mani said...

Super click, Rajesh. :)

Yogi Saraswat said...

Sooo Beautiful !!

Amit Agarwal said...

Hoopee the cutie!

Rakesh Pandey said...

Beautiful picture! I'm not so great on botany and ornithology, but it looks like a woodpecker! It's beautiful, nonetheless.