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THE HAMERKOP

14 April 2014

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The hamerkop Scopus umbretta is found near water bodies from the south-western Arabian Peninsula south to Africa and Madagascar except in highly arid regions. The word umbretta is Latin for shade or dusky brown. The sexes are alike in plumage and the adults are some 56 cm tall. The males weigh 535 g as opposed to 475 g in the females. The hamerkop (Afrikaans for hammer head) is completely umber in colour, but darker on the wings and paler on the under parts and throat. The bill is black and has a sharp hook. The eyes are brown and the legs and feet are black. Young birds look like the adults.

Hamerkops are silent when foraging on the ground. They are locally common and sedentary but move to different foraging areas. They inhabit the edges of shallow water bodies and wetlands and rarely occur along coastlines. The hamerkop is usually... (Become a Green subscriber for more)

Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean and P G Ryan (eds) 2005. Roberts – birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, pp 603 – 604.

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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