Green Wood hoopoe - a common resident breeder in the forests,woodlands & suburban gardens of most of Sub-Saharan Africa. It is found in groups of a dozen+ birds with only one breeding pair.The female lays2-4 blue eggs in a natural tree hole or old barbet nest & incubates them ~18 days. On hatching, she & the nestlings are fed by the rest of the group, even after they have fledged & left the nest hole.The group is fearless in defence of the nestlings..
GREEN WOOD-HOOPOE - large, up to 44 cm long, near-passerine tropical bird native to Africa - formerly known as the red-billed wood hoopoe. The WOOD HOOPOES and SCIMITARBILLS are a small African family, Phoeniculidae.
scimitarbills and wood hoopoes are a small African family, Phoeniculidae, of near passerine birds. They live south of the Sahara Desert and are not migratory. While the family is now restricted to Sub-Saharan Africa, fossil evidence shows that the it once had a larger distribution. Fossils attributed to this family have been found in Miocene rocks in Germany.