[Mystery bird] Green Wood-Hoopoe, formerly known as the Red-billed Wood Hoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus, photographed in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Nikon D300, 600 mm VR lens with 1.4 extender ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/250 sec.
Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.
This mystery bird species has a remarkable breeding strategy, can you tell me what it is?
The Green Wood Hoopoe is an example of a “helping species.” They live in groups of up to a dozen or so but only one pair per group breeds. When the pale blue eggs hatch, the breeding female and the nestlings are fed by the rest of the group, even after they have fledged and left the nest hole.