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African Hoopoe by WillemSvdMerwe African Hoopoe by WillemSvdMerwe
The African Hoopoe is sometimes considered a species, Upupa africana, or sometimes a subspecies of Upupa epops which also occurs in Europe and Asia. It is a bird that visits my garden a lot, probing the soil with its bill for beetle grubs like this one, or mole crickets or other insects. It is raising its crest here, but usually folds it back. In flight its bold black and white wing markings are very conspicuous. Coloured pencil.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there :wave: Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of July. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: mydigitalmind.deviantart.com/j…
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Thank you very much!  There are some lovely other birds there.  It's an honour!
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Thanks so much for this honour!
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
you're welcome^^
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Jaldithas Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
great picture, I see our european subspecies seldomly in garden and forest  :)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you!  I hope you see a few more of them.
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The-EvIl-Plankton Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I saw one of these on my visit to South Africa !
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I'm glad you did!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Lovely to have these birds in your backyard, I'm jealous! We hardly have them in the Netherlands anymore. Gorgeous illustration too, I love that he's got his crest up in the air. What's actually the difference between the Eurasian and African species? I've been looking at some photos and besides the Eurasian species having light feet and the African black feet, I can't see many other differences? [link] (eurasian) [link] (african)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Hello and thank you! Sorry to hear there aren't so many in the Netherlands. The African hoopoe is a bit deeper reddish in colour, and there's a difference in the pattern of white and black in the wings and tail. I can't explain it exactly to you now, I'll have to look at my bird guide and I can't reach it since my cat is sleeping on my lap right now! But I think the African hoopoe has more white in its wings and tail.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Ah, yes, I've checked with my own bird guide as well and you're right. They indeed have that darker colour and more white. It is a bit confusing though, as there's a seperate African race that looks almost identical to the Eurasian one - birds are never easy!
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Lovely work!

We don't get these in the garden back home in England but I'm sure that whilst living in china this wonderful looking bird has visited our garden or it was something very similar.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thank you Sarah - probably, as hoopoes do occur there and nothing else really looks like it! I have them in my own garden all the time, I love them!
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plumita1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Adorable! Wonderful job! :love: :clap:
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thank you very much!
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plumita1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very very good. Like the ethereality here, especially the sky. It looks like a beautiful bright day.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Thanks very much!
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heel mooi, leuk detail met die worm :D
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Baie dankie Sarah!
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Graag gedaan :D
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent use of colour in this, just wow! :wow:
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Thank you very much!
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Wolfeyes123 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow amazing work on this one ^^
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Thanks a lot!
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Wolfeyes123 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Yw! ;)
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dragonrapt0r Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love these birds! Nice work too :D
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Thank you very much!
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dragonrapt0r Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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