Hammerkop in Uganda

Hammerkop in Uganda

April 4, 2022

The hammerkop in Uganda has an all-brown body, partially webbed toes, a short tail, and huge wings.  It has a distinctive large, crest on the back of the head and a thick, long beak.

The shape of its head with a curved bill and crest at the back is reminiscent of a hammer, hence its name. Its plumage is a drab brown all over.

The species occupies a wide variety of habitats from forest to semi-desert, wherever water is available. It is most common in well-watered savanna or woodland and less common in forest, showing a general preference for permanent waters although it will also use temporary wetlands in arid areas.

There is one species that occurs in Uganda;

Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta)

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