Woodhoopoe

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Woodhoopoes
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Phoeniculidae
Genera

Phoeniculus
Rhinopomastos

The Woodhoopoes are an small African family of near passerine birds. These tropical species are not migratory.

The woodhoopoes are related to the kingfishers, rollers and hoopoe. They most resemble the last species with their long curved bills, used for probing for insects, and short rounded wings.

However, they differ in that they have metallic plumage, often blue, green or purple, and lack an erectile crest. They are more gregarious than the Hoopoe, and can often be seen in small groups.

These are birds of open African woodland, mainly arboreal in their habits. They are hole-nesters, laying two or three eggs.

There are seven species in two genera:

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