37. What kind of bird is this?
Answer to Egypt Quiz #37
The bird is a hoopoe (Upupa epops).
Reported in Egypt since ancient times, the hoopoe, or hod-hod in Arabic, derives its name from its call.
The hoopoe features prominently in mythology and literature. Ancient Egyptians believed it could locate underground water sources; the bird is mentioned in both the Bible and Quran; and the hoopoe plays a leading role in Aristophanes’ classical Greek comedy, The Birds.
The hoopoe with its striking coloration, crest and long beak is found year-round in Egypt.