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Coraciiformes Taxon Advisory Group. Web site: <http://www>

Joseph M. Forshaw

Class Aves Order Coraciiformes Suborder Bucerotes Family Upupidae

Thumbnail description

Medium-sized bird with long, thin, decurved bill, prominent erectile crest, broad, rounded wings, and short legs


Number of genera, species

1 genus; 1 species


Open country with bare earth or short grass, usually with some trees; needs cavities for nesting

Conservation status

Not threatened; one species probably extinct since 1600

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