The hoopoe bird is fighting off some incredibly nosy neighbors
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine
Invasive parakeets – yes, invasive parakeets! – are causing trouble at hoopoe nests
The hoopoe bird doesn't have it easy. It's got to contend with a comical look and a funny-sounding name. But now it has another foe to fend off: invasive parakeets.
Chosen as the national bird of Israel in 2008 (besting the bulbul, warbler and finch for the honor), the beloved bird with the spectacular crown feathers is fighting for its survival. Ring-necked parakeets are jostling for space in Israel's trees, literally knocking hoopoes out of their nests.