The hammerkop (Scopus umbretta) has an all brown body, partially webbed toes, a short tail and huge wings. It has a distinctive large, crest on the back of the head and a thick, long beak.


  • Where to see them: South and Central Africa
  • Length: 20 inches
  • Diet: Includes frogs, tadpoles, fish and invertebrates
  • Habitat: Fresh water lakes, ponds, swamps, and marshes
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