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Birds of Egypt: “Hud Hud,” The Hoopoe

Birds of Egypt: “Hud Hud,” The Hoopoe

This nice little guy is a frequent visitor around our farm. Most of the time, I hear him before I see him, because his colors make him blend in with his environment so well. He is a Hoopoe, or Upupa epops. In Egypt and throughout the arab world, he is known as “Hud Hud.” The […]

Egyptian Culture: Lady Chicken Vendors

Egyptian Culture: Lady Chicken Vendors

In Egypt, “Women are 50% of the community.” This is a famous Arabic saying here, and its popularity is a strong proof of the respect paid to women in this country. In general, Egyptians are a conservative people with strong emphasis on marriage and family. Mothers are heavily relied upon to shoulder the burdens of […]

Birds of Egypt: “Cleopatra,” The Green Bee Eater

Birds of Egypt: “Cleopatra,” The Green Bee Eater

Dakahlia, Egypt. This is the first in a series of articles about my beautiful bird neighbors here in Egypt. I’m not a card carrying member of the Audubon Society, but I really love my bird neighbors, wherever I live. Here in the rural Nile Delta, birds are very different from my friends back home on […]

Birds of Egypt: The Collared Kingfisher, “Fairuz”

Birds of Egypt: The Collared Kingfisher, “Fairuz”

This bright little beauty is what a cheap firework dreams of being when it grows up. “Fairuz,” or, as this word is translated into English, “Turquoise,” is this gorgeous bird’s name in Egypt. He is a Collared Kingfisher, or Todiramphus chloris humii, belonging to the family Halcyonidae, the Tree Kingfishers. They have a wide range extending […]

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