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Hamerkop facts

29 April 2016

 

The hamerkop is 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 solitary or occurs in pairs and is active mainly by day. They walk with rapid, jerky steps while moving the head and neck back and forth. They push the feet alternately into mud or shake the feet in water to disturb prey and snatch it. They eat small frogs, fish, insects and aquatic invertebrates such as shrimp, and occasionally small mammals. They also scavenge food scraps from fish eagles, crocodiles or even lions... (Become a subscriber for more)

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