Scopus umbretta

Wading in shallow water, the hamerkop rakes its bill along the bottom in search of frogs and fish. Every so often, the bird flaps its wings to flush prey out of hiding. It also hunts on the fly. Spotting prey from above, the hamerkop dives down to scoop it up.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
lengthLength: 1.8 ft
weightWeight: 15 oz
habitatHabitat: Wetland, woodland, and savannah
dietDiet: Frogs, fish, crustaceans, worms, and insects