Eurasian Hoopoe
Call & Sounds

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

The Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a striking orange bird with a large crest and zebra-striped wings. This species is found in much of southern Europe and across Asia. The African Hoopoe (U. epops africana) is found in southern and eastern Africa and considered as subspecies of (U.  epops) by some, while others treat it as a full species. The Madagascan Hoopoe (Upupa marginata) is generally considered a full species based on a its distinctive territorial call.

What does a Eurasian Hoopoe sound like? The typical song of this species consists of a series of mellow, flat “hoo-poo” or “hoo-poo-poo” notes. Eurasian Hoopoes also make a few other vocalizations including raspy croaks, mechanical rattles, harsh hissing calls and other softer sounds. 

Listen to some examples of Eurasian Hoopoe calls and sounds below.