( Phoeniculus purpureus)
Description: The Green Wood Hoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus, is a large, up to 44cm long, near-passerine tropical bird native to Africa. It is a member
of the family Phoeniculidae, the wood hoopoes, and is formally known as the Red-billed Wood Hoopoe. This abundant species is a metallic dark green,
with a purple back and very long purple tail. It has white markings on the wings and tail sides. It has a long thin curved red bill. Sexes are similar, but
immatures have a black bill.
Range: The Green Wood Hoopoe is a common resident breeder in the forests and woodlands of most of sub-Saharan Africa.
Diet: Insect-eating species. It feeds mainly on the ground, termite mounds, or on tree trunks, and will form flocks outside the breeding season.
Breeding: The breeding female lays two to four blue eggs in a natural tree hole or old barbet nest and incubates for about 18 days. Upon hatching, she
and the nestlings are fed by the rest of the group, even after they have fledged and left the nest hole.
This species is parasitised by the Greater and Lesser Honeyguide.