Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) - HBW 1, p. 435
French: Ombrette du Sénégal
Other common names: Hammerhead, Hammer-headed Stork
Taxonomy: Scopus umbretta Gmelin, 1789, Senegal.
Origins and relationships obscure. Some affinities with Ardeidae, Ciconiidae, Balaenicipitidae, Phoenicopteridae and Charadriidae. Birds from Madagascar sometimes considered separate race, bannermani. Two subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- umbretta Gmelin, 1789 - most of tropical Africa, SW Arabia, Madagascar.
- minor Bates, 1931 - coastal belt from Sierra Leone to E Nigeria.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 41 videos
A bird mandibulating and trying to gobble up a fish Locality Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp umbretta )
Josep del Hoyo 4 September 2006 6 years ago 31 sec 4.9
A group of birds feeding on fish discards Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp umbretta)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 6 years ago 45 sec 4.8
A close-up of a bird alert Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp umbretta)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 6 years ago 30 sec 4.8
searching food Locality Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Entebbe, Uganda (ssp umbretta)
Daniêl Jimenez 9 October 2010 2 years ago 34 sec 4.7
A bird walking along the shore Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda (ssp umbretta)
Josep del Hoyo 13 September 2006 5 years ago 14 sec 4.6
A bird standing in the water to catch a prey Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp umbretta)
Josep del Hoyo 4 September 2006 6 years ago 19 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 51 photos
Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia
Paul Cools 15 February 2012 30 weeks ago 4.7
Near a river
Locality Bahir Dar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia
John A Thompson 17 January 2012 1 year ago 4.4
a bird walking on the ground
Locality Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (ssp umbretta)
Krzysztof Blachowiak 12 November 2009 3 years ago 4.3
Watching our boat floating by
Locality Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, North Bank Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 8 November 2012 24 weeks ago 4.3
A bird standing in shallow water.
Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp umbretta)
Ken Havard 31 October 2011 1 year ago 4.1
Bird on the ground, near the water.
Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya (ssp umbretta)
David Valentin 25 May 2012 19 weeks ago 4
Brief display calls followed by a crescendo during copulation
Locality London Zoo, London, England, Great Britain
Joe Angseesing 24 February 2013 11 weeks ago 5
Two birds calling in an aviary Locality Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands
Joe Angseesing 24 September 2010 2 years ago 4.5
An individual flies down from its nest, giving a single call Locality Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain
Joe Angseesing 24 June 2009 3 years ago 2.5