With long curved red-tipped bills, the green woodhoopoe pokes between the bark on a tree looking for insects to eat. Its unique “hoop, hoop” cry echoes in South African forests.
A food long, slender bird distinguished by its long red bill, its red legs, and its long gradiated tail. It is a blackish bird highlighted by the green iridescent plumage on body, but violet on wings and tail. At end of tail are white wingbars and spots.
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When threatened, both the young and female green woodhoopoes can exude a horrible stink as a defense mechanism.
Live in pairs or forage in trees as is or in small groups. When foraging, they have a loud cackling cry that ends in crescendo. Their home is a tree hole and act like tits and woodpeckers in tree foraging.
Incubation is done by the female and fed by her mate. Chicks are fed by the pair and fledge at about 30 days.