Sponsor of the hoopoe

Sponsorship funds are used to maintain the existing incubators and to build new ones.

In the meantime 70 nesting boxes have been created due to sponsorships. A part of the donation money goes into the regular nesting checks.

The hoopoe

has only been back in our area for 10 years.

It is therefore even more pleasing that the incubators are well used. The regular nesting checks have shown that there are currently 25 breeding couples in the area we look after. This is a very satisfactory number for the zoo and the Nochten area.


lie flat on the floor for sunbathing.

They spread their wings and tail and pull their heads back. In the past this was considered as a special camouflage position.

It was intended to dissolve the body contours of the bird in case of the sudden appearance of a raptor so it would be overlooked.


live up to eleven years

They are sexually mature at one year. On average a brood comprises 3-8 eggs of which about 6 are raised and flown off.

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