Rwandan wildlife: hamerkop

Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta). Picture by Stanislav Harvančík ( Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta). Picture by Stanislav Harvančík (

We are back in the UK and I am still thinking of the wildlife we saw in Rwanda. I thought it would be interesting to post about species we have seen but we have no pictures of.

Here we have a hamerkop. We saw one in a rice paddy on our way to KCCEM. It seems less interesting than the crazy-looking great blue turaco, but even though its dullness there’s something I like about this bird.

Hamerkops feed on amphibians and small fish amongst other things; that’s why the rice paddy. One of the interesting facts about hamerkops is the size of their nests. Nests can be more than 1.5m across! Mmmmmmh, big enough for hosting a tea party?


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  1. Gareth Buckle says:

    Beautiful looking bird, not so keen it eats amphibians though