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Amazing photography...2012 Sony World #photography Awards

The 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Open and Youth category winners

Giovanni Frescura, Italy, Open Winner, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2012 (Medium)

The Hoopoe /ˈhuːpuː/ (Upupa epops) is a colourful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive 'crown' of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae. One insular species, the Saint Helena Hoopoe, is extinct, and the Madagascar subspecies of the Hoopoe is sometimes elevated to a full species. Like the Latin name upupa, the English name is an onomatopoetic form which imitates the cry of the bird.

Hop Hoopoe (Upupa epops) with lizard :: Andres Miguel Dominguez

Hoopoe by  Grzegorz Ryński

The Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a colourful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive 'crown' of feathers. Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops) Grzegorz Ryński (a dirty bird for sure.

La abubilla (Upupa epops) Suele anidar en huecos de árboles viejos, cavidades de edificios, grietas entre las rocas y montones de piedras. Como en el de su pariente el martín pescador, tiende a contener copiosas cantidades de heces y huelen muy mal, lo que sirve de protección contra depredadores. Las abubillas hembras que anidan, cuando son asustadas por un intruso hacen salir una pequeña gota de una secreción oleosa pestilente que producen en una glándula situada en la base de la cola.

A Hoopoe: "Chick Feeding Time." A Hoopoe is The National Bird of Israel. (Photo By: Helena Kuchynková.

It's feeding time! #hoopoe By Thomas Hinsche (@photography.hinsche) on Instagram.

It's feeding time! #hoopoe By Thomas Hinsche (@photography.hinsche) on Instagram.

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