Hammerkop in Uganda
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)