Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hoopoe--our national bird

A national bird! Israel finally has a national bird.
Today President Peres announced the winner-- the hoopoe. In Hebrew it is a duchifat.
The duchifat won 35% of the ballots cast by over 155,000 Israelis.
Voters chose from a list of ten species on the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel website. Interestingly, some 46% of the hoopoe's votes came from Israel Defense Force soldiers.
Israel is a big crossroad for birds migrating between Europe and Africa.
Mazal tov, congratulations, pretty duchifat!

This photo is from the online Haaretz newspaper article of today.
UPDATE: To learn how the hoopoe helped King Solomon see Friday's Jerusalem Post.
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17 comments:

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

it's certainly a very impressive looking one, with its tuft of crown and bright orange colour!

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crittoria said...

What a beautiful bird! I've never seen it before, even in a book. It's very striking looking, isn't it? Congratulations National Bird!!

babooshka said...

A beautiful creature to adopt as the national bird.

Chrisss said...

This is a beautiful bird, love the feathers on his/her head.

Michelle said...

What a fantastic looking bird Dina!

Steven and Aisha said...

It is a beautiful bird indeed! Wow! Such an amazing creation!

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS looking National Bird! Much better looking than our funny Emu ;)

Suzi-k said...

oh how cool, I adore hoopoes! We get them here in Port Elizabeth too, although not in the inner city where we are now. When we lived on a smallholding on the edge of town, we had whole families of them, and i never tired of watching them probing the ground with those scimitar-like beaks, hunting for subterranean goodies!

Musings said...

OH my gosh! That is one incredible looking bird. The name sounds quite Hawaiian.

The D in D & T said...

Looks like a great choice, I've never seen this type of bird before - very striking.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

What a beautiful bird! I can see why it won the competition.

USelaine said...

It's simply spectacular! I got to see some, at a distance in some trees, in Hungary a dozen years ago - nothing like this detail.

Liz said...

That's great, having a vote for a national bird. And what a fitting winner.

Kris McCracken said...

I like this bird, it looks like it has drawn from a mix of a lot of different birds!

I am intrigued by what other birds were on the list?

Dina said...

Kris shalom,
The candidates were
night owl, red falcon, spur-winged plover, Griffon vulture, finch, kingfisher, hoopoe, nightingale, warbler and the sunbird.
Each one had a nasty trait that would not look good for a national bird. And the nightingale is called bulbul, what both Jewish and Arab kids use for referring to the male "private part."
More at
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iJs5cfn5My-eXVRc4oMZOsDQFBqg

Kris McCracken said...

I like the night owl myself, but any one of them would have been a good pick!