Hammerkop

Groups up to ten of these birds will join in ‘ceremonies,’ where they run in circles around each other, calling loudly and fluttering their wings.


  • Scientific Name: Scopus umbretta
  • Range: Africa, Madagascar and parts of the Middle East
  • Status in the Wild: Stable
  • Location in the Zoo: Fischer Bird Gardens
  • Cool Animal Fact: Hammerkops build huge nests, sometimes over 1.5 meters across, that can support an adult human’s weight.