Its plumage is a drab brown with purple iridescence on the back. The bill is long, flat, and slightly hooked.

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The Hamerkop is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Hamerkop (left) is the sole member of its family, endemic to sub-Saharan Africa. It is a denizen of marshy shorelines (lakes, rivers, estuaries), hunting along the water edge and eating mostly frogs and tadpoles. It roosts and nests in large isolated trees. Indeed, its huge bulky nests can be seen for miles. More

The Hamerkop has partially webbed feet, for unknown reasons. It middle toe is comb-like (pectinated) like a heron's. Its tail is short and its wings are big, wide, and round-tipped; it soars well. When it does so, it stretches its neck forward like a stork or ibis, but when it flaps, it coils its neck back something like a heron. Vocalisations include cackles and a shrill call given in flight. Hamerkops are mostly silent except when in groups. More

The often-gregarious Hamerkop builds one of the largest and most complex of all bird nests. Hamerkop - Order: Ciconiiformes Family: Scopidae Hamerkops are medium-sized, all-brown wading birds named for their hammer-headed appearance, which is created by the combination of their shaggy backwards-pointing crests and their heavy black bills. Typically found in wetland areas, they forage in shallow water for amphibians, small fish, crustaceans, insects, worms and small mammals. More

The Hamerkop occurs in Africa south of the Sahara, Madagascar and coastal southwest Arabia in all wetland habitats, including irrigated land such as rice paddies, as well as in savannas and forests. Most remain sedentary in their territories, which are held by pairs, but some move into suitable habitat during the wet season only. Whenever people create new bodies of water with dams or canals, Hamerkops move in quickly. More

Hamerkops are mostly silent except when in groups. Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta), also known as Hammerkop,Hammerkopf, Hammerhead Stork, Umbrette, Umber Bird, Tufted Umber or Anvilhead Range and habitat The Hamerkop occurs in Africa south of the Sahara, Madagascar and coastal southwest Arabia in all wetland habitats, including irrigated land such as rice paddies, as well as in savannas and forests. More

The Hamerkop is a rather nondescript bird, with drab, brown plumage, the only really distinguishing physical feature being the rounded crest which gives the bird’s head a hammer-like appearance – and hence the name Hamerkop (literally, hammer-head). It is generally unobtrusive, and is usually seen standing motionless in shallow pools of water, apparently gazing vainly at its less-than-beautiful reflection (or so one African saying would have us believe!). More

The Hamerkop (or Hammerhead) is a stunning bird that can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and southwest Arabia. The shape of its head, with the crest and large bill is reminiscent of a hammer, from which it gets its name. It has the unusual behavior to gather in groups of up to ten birds and run around in circles, calling loudly and raising their crests. Another interesting behavior is the size of their nests, which can be more than 5 feet across. More

The Hamerkop is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Scopidae bird family group which includes birds such as Snipes, Godwits, Curlews, Whimbrels, Shanks, Stints, Sandpipers, Ruff, Turnstones, Phalaropes. The description for the Hamerkop (Latin name Scopus umbretta) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. More

The Hamerkop (Hammer-head in English) is named from the shape made by its crest and bill. Found throughout Africa south of the Sahara and Arabia. Seen on farm dams and any areas of water. The Hamerkop forages by wading in shallow water, stirring the mud with its feet to disturb small fish and tadpoles. Sometimes seen flying low over the water snatching food with its bill. More

Hamerkop is such an amazing bird and I just love this shot! BRAVO Posted 34 months ago. ( permalink ) view profile tonymitra Pro User says: Fantastic picture of a fantastic bird Posted 34 months ago. ( permalink ) view profile Henry McLin Pro User says: Spectacular, spectacular. Posted 34 months ago. More

The hamerkop is a wading bird that can be easily recognized by its large, heavy beak and backward-pointing crest. It is 22 inches tall, and its neck and legs are short for a wading bird, restricting it to foraging in shallow water. Both males and females are a rich sepia brown color, which becomes iridescent on the bird More

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The Hamerkop is a distinctive bird which is in a Family (Scopidae) all on its own. It has variously been grouped with herons, storks and the shoebill. However recent thinking links it to waders and shorebirds. Its enigmatic taxonomy matches its behaviour, particularly when it comes to nest building. Hamerkop nests are massive, they average 1.5m in depth and are almost as wide, the structure takes 3 to 6 weeks to complete having been worked on by both members of the pair. More

The Hamerkop with its uniquely shaped head was quite common. More

Hamerkop nests once the birds have built the initial solid platform and after the Hamerkops have finished with them Barn Owls, Egyptian Geese and Comb Ducks are among a long list of species that take advantage of them. Even when the Hamerkops are in residence sparrows and other small birds often choose to nest in them. More

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Hamerkop 05 05 07 1630CAT = TxAnn908 82 vidéos S'abonnerModifier l'abonnement Chargement… 102 vues 102 vues TxAnn908 — 5 mai 2007 — Hamerkop finding plenty to eat at the Nhorko waterhole TxAnn908 — 5 mai 2007 — Hamerkop finding plenty to eat at the Nhorko waterholeCatégorie : Animaux Tags :Hamerkop Nhorko bird Chargement… J'aime Enregistrer dans Partager E-mail Skyrock Facebook Twitter MySpace Live Spaces Blogger orkut Buzz reddit Digg Chargement… Connectez-vous ou inscrivez-vous dès More

All day a Hamerkop waded in the water-hole, stalking elegantly like a heron, darting its beak to catch insects and once, a frog. I was amazed to watch it washing its food—I wasn’t aware that birds do things like that. The frog was wiggling, and so the Hamerkop slammed it repeatedly against the ground to kill it properly. It would stop wriggling temporarily, and the Hamerkop would move back to the water, rinse the frog in the water, and then attempt to swallow it again. More

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Order : Pelecaniformes
Family : Scopidae
Genus : Scopus
Species : umbretta
Authority : Gmelin, 1789