Hoopoe, a bird of the warmer regions of the Old World. It is named for its call, “hoo-poo.” The common hoopoe is about 12 inches (30 cm) long. It has a showy, semicircular crest and mixed reddish-brown, black, and white plumage. The bill is long and curved, the legs short. The purple-tailed wood hoopoe of Africa has no crest. Its tail is wedge-shaped.
The common hoopoe is Upupa epops of the family Upupidae. The purple-tailed wood hoopoe is Phoeniculus purpureus of the family Phoeniculidae.The hoopoe has a showy, semicircular crest and reddish-brown, black, and white plumage.