- Phoeniculus purpureus
32·5–40 cm (12¾-15¾ in)
- Glossy-green plumage
- Bluish head and throat
- Violet nape
Despite its name this bird frequently appears to be far more blue than green.
Phoeniculus purpureus has six subpecies:
- P. p. guineensis
- P. p. senegalensis
- P. p. niloticus
- P. p. marwitzi
- P. p. angolensis
- P. p. purpureus
A wide variety of habitats, including savanna and woodland.
It is an agile, arboreal bird which clings to branches, often hanging upside down while it probes crevices in the bark looking for the arthropods which make up most of its diet. The birds are communal, traveling in noisy groups and protecting their territory.
They breed co-operatively.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Green Wood Hoopoe. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 15 June 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Green_Wood_Hoopoe