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Hoopoe feather - Provence, France

Observed: 19th August 2012 By: Keen learner
Provence, France August 2012 087
Provence, France August 2012 088
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ophrys's picture

Size?

How big was the feather. It looks to me like a Great Spotted Woodpecker secondary feather, but difficult to know without an idea of size. Hoopoe secondaries have the white as a longer bar, meeting up with the shaft.

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Keen learner's picture

Size

It was about 15cm. We found it on a golf course on which there were lots of hoopoes. When they flew off, they showed clear black-and-white patterning so we presumed that the feather came from them.

ophrys's picture

Size

That is a bit big for either of those species, but perhaps closer to Hoopoe. have alook athe spread wings at the bottom of these pages and see what you think...

Great Spotted Woodpecker

http://www.ibercajalav.net/img/291_GreatSpottedWoodpeckerDmajor.pdf

Hoopoe

http://www.ibercajalav.net/img/286_HoopoeUepops.pdf

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Keen learner's picture

Size

Yes, I see what you mean. We did hear a green woodpecker every day so there were certainly woodpeckers around.

Judging by your pictures, I'd be inclined to go for the Greater Spotted Woodpecker, though it's not the easiest of calls!

I probably should have measured the feather - there is a good chance it was slightly smaller, c.12cm.

Roger Gilbert's picture

This is a wonderful ...

Feather identification site
http://www.federn.org/index_en.html

Page for Hoopoe
http://www.federn.org/Wiedehopf/Wiedehopf_en.html

Howardian Local Nature Reserve
http://www.howardianlnr.org.uk