Both the hoopoe and the roller are veritable aerial acrobats.
The flight of the hoopoe is undulating or jerky, like that of a butterfly.
Practically every hoopoe nests in a place completely hidden from the outer world.
Whether the following bird is meant for the hoopoe, or the Lapwing, I know not.
The cuckoo waited for a while for the hoopoe to return to him the tuft which he had lent her.
In Bavaria the hoopoe is said to play the part of attendant to the cuckoo.
Nor swan by hoopoe: but, poor boy, thou aye wert for a fray.
The long bill of the hoopoe, like that of the snipe, is a probe to penetrate the earth.
The cuckoo had married the hoopoe, and they lived happily together for a time.
Like the wagtail, which originally had no tail, the hoopoe had originally no tuft on its head.
1660s, from Latin upupa, imitative of its cry (cf. Greek epops "hoopoe").
If anybody smears himself with the blood of this bird on his way to bed, he will have nightmares about suffocating devils. [Cambridge bestiary, 12c.]