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Hamerkop Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Scopus umbretta
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Ciconiiformes
  • Range

    Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Habitat

    Wetland habitats, including the shores of lakes and rivers

  • Niche

    The hamerkop uses its sturdy bill to catch fish, frogs, rodents and other small animals.

  • Life History

    The hamerkop is known for its large nest, made from sticks, which can reach up to eight feet in size. Built in the treetops of the savanna, the nest is re-used every year, becoming larger as the hamerkop makes annual additions.

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