I’ve just published on Birdline Australia a follow-up photograph of the NT
Eurasian Hoopoe - a bird seen recently by Tim Wethers (Feb 8, 2014) in
Galiwin’ku, Elcho Is - see
http://www.eremaea.com/BirdlineRecentSightings.aspx?Birdline=6. Although I know
that the separation of Hoopoe ssp can be awkward (being based mostly on the
depth of the orange, pink and cinnamon colour tones in the plumage), this bird
seems to have a richer orange cinnamon colour above and lacks the subterminal
white band in the crest. This may make it the resident African form Upupa epops
Africana, a bird treated by some authorities as a separate sp. By contrast, the
bird seen at the Roebuck Plains Roadhouse in 2011 was thought to be a juv.
northern ssp U. e. saturata.
Interested to hear any thoughts? Just a U. e. saturata variant? Another Hoopoe
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