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Hamerkop
Layzeboy

Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta)

The Hammerkop (Scopus umbretta), Stork, Umbrette, is a medium-sized wading bird (56 cm long, weighing 470 g). The shape of its head with a curved bill and crest at the back is reminiscent of a hammer, hence its name. The Hammerkop occurs in Africa south of the Sahara, Madagascar and coastal southwest Arabia in all wetland habitats, including irrigated land such as rice paddies, as well as in savannas and forests. Hammerkop clutch consists of 3 to 7 eggs that start white but soon become stained. Both sexes incubate for 28 to 30 days. Both feed the young, the young hatch covered with gray down. By 17 days after hatching, their head and crest plumage is developed, and in a month, their body plumage. They leave the nest at 44 to 50 days but roost in it at night until about two months after hatching
Habitat
Wetlands including irrigated land such as rice paddies
Location
Gaborone
Date taken
2008
Scientific name
Scopus umbretta
Equipment used
Canon 5D EF100-400 IS L

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Africa
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