Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
The hoopoe is a colourful bird found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive “crown” of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae. Nine subspecies of hoopoe are recognise. hey vary mostly in size and the depth of colour in the plumage. The strengthened musculature of the head allows the bill to be opened when probing inside the soil. The hoopoe has two basic requirements of its habitat: bare or lightly vegetated ground on which to forage and vertical surfaces with cavities in which to nest. In what was long thought to be a defensive posture, hoopoes sunbathe by spreading out their wings and tail low against the ground and tilting their head up. The diet of the hoopoe is mostly composed of insects, although small reptiles, frogs and plant matter such as seeds and berries are sometimes taken as well.
And may I add that its call seriously sounds like a “whoop whoop whoop”?