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The hamerkop bird

Tuesday - December 18, 2018 2:39 pm , Category : Fun Facts

The hamerkop is a unique species of wading bird found primarily in Africa.  This bird  is distributed around the coasts of Africa, south of the Sahara and Madagascar. As the name suggests, the head of the bird combined with the back crest and curved bill superficially makes up the shape of a hammer.

The hamerkop is mostly active during the day, often resting at noon during the heat of the day. The hamerkop is mostly silent when alone, but is fairly vocal when in pairs or in groups. The only call it usually makes when alone is a flight-call.

Another common social behaviour is "false mounting", in which one bird stands on top of another and appears to mount it, but they do not copulate. This behaviour has been noted between both mated pairs and unmated birds, and even between members of the same sex and in reversed mountings, where females mount males.

The strangest aspect of hamerkop behaviour is the huge nest, sometimes more than 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) across, and strong enough to support a man's weight. Source- National Geographic