This colorful fellow was recently voted Israel’s national bird.
According to Wikpedia, his flying pattern is like a butterfly’s. I’d like to see that.
In the Qur’an, the hoopoe draws King Solomon’s attention to the existence of the kingdom of Sheba, where a much-loved and powerful queen* rules a wealthy kingdom. Alas, she and her subjects don’t worship quite properly, so Solomon must come to their rescue.
Much to my annoyance, hoopoe is pronounced “hoo-poo” instead of “hoo-po,” despite the way it’s spelled. Stupid English orthography.
The Arabic is هدهد. Pronounced “hud-hud.”
I hoped to find a video of a hoopoe in flight, but no luck. However, here’s a photo of a hoopoe with its crest erect.
*Bilqis, in Arab tradition. And the kingdom of Sheba was in Yemen.