Baird Hated Delivering to Pearl’s House.

Have mercy, does your employer know that this is how you’re representing his business?! Is your Mama aware that this is how you’re leaving her house?! No, your Mama’s a nice lady; I bet you pulled the wool over her eyes…and then stole her dang ki-mo-no!

Kids these days, can’t even be bothered to spuce-up before they fly…

The irony is Pearl’s probably dressed in a shower cap, flowered robe, and tennis shoes, Victoria M.



  1. skippymom says:

    What is this amazingly gorgeous bird?!!!

  2. Bat-Snake says:

    Aww, look at the baby woodpecker X3 . I heart these things all the time in the mornings to early afternoon. I even saw one pecking the lamp post….yes. Pecking. the. lamp. post.

  3. It’s a hoopoe!

  4. Bat-Snake says:

    Oh…it is?…Oops…

  5. Queen of Dork says:

    How come birds get to have the coolest “hair”? I wish I looked like this.

  6. skippymom says:

    @QofD, dear, if it’s any consolation, I have always imagined you as looking exactly like this.

  7. Wat a Kodak moment!!

  8. Hoopoes are relatively common in Europe (although I’ve never had the good fortune to see one). I didn’t realized they nested in trees (like woodpeckers). They always look like they were designed by committee!

  9. Mmmmmmmm, take-out!

    Food delivered straight to your door always tastes better!

  10. Queen of Dork says:

    skippymom: Thanks! 🙂

  11. Resriechan says:

    @ gizmo: does home-delivered food have less calories, as well????

  12. I always order the beetle-and-grub topping. 😀

  13. More info and pics here 🙂

  14. wat a pwetty boid…shweet!

  15. This is such an amazing picture! Wow!

  16. BStrange says:

    “Spuce up” sounds like something that happens after bad takeout Italian food, but I knew what you meant. ;D

    Actually, that could BE takeout Italian. *squints* Except the token olive appears to have legs.

    Love the caption, the avian faux-hawk, and the itty spiky chinfeathers. *nodnodnod*

  17. SoCalSis says:

    Thanks for that great site, Alexa! Here in SoCal we have oodles of really cool birds, but DANG this one’s freakin’ CRAZY!

    Reminds me of an interview with James “King of the World” Cameron, about designing all the cool creatures in Avatar. He said whenever they came up with something astonishingly unique, turned out there really was something like that living in Timbuctoo or somewhere. Life is so full of wondrous life…

  18. skippymom says:

    I have a kimono that looks very much like that one, but I could never get my hair to look so cool.

  19. Reporter interviewing Mrs. Hoopoe: ” Honey, who does your hair? Is that red color all yours or is it a dye-job? And where do you get your clothes, couture or thrift
    shop-chic?? Wait, wut? You say it’s au naturale!!! Why, aren’t you just SPECIAL!!”

  20. I would think about selling a corner of my soul to take a picture like that.

  21. Wow. This is an amazing photo.

  22. 260Oakley says:


  23. Love the hoopoe, in fact it is Israel’s national bird too

  24. aaaiiiieeeee…how can I be so in love with a bird that I’ve never heard of before today? This is an AMAZING shot!

  25. Does anyone fremember John Gardner’s “Pooem?”

    I too once hoped to have a hoopoe
    Wing its way within my scoopoe,
    Crested, quick, and heliotroopoe,
    Proud Upupa epops.

    For what seemed an eternity
    I sat upon a grassy sloopoe
    Gazing through a telescoopoe
    Weaving snares of finest roopoe
    Fit for Upupa epops.

    At last this message came to me
    Inside a crusty enveloopoe.
    It said, “Abandon hope, you doopoe.
    The hoopoe is a misanthroopoe.”
    Signed, Your far-off friend U.e.

  26. HOOPOE!! Awesomest bird ever.

  27. Fluffy baby likes fresh beetle!

  28. tomato.bandit.queen says:

    That is one fabulous photo! 😀

  29. I saw one of these birds in Egypt (hoopoe) – didn’t realise they were in other parts of the world as well. Looks very much like a woodpecker to me!

  30. Hon Glad says:

    Kathyp – Great pome.

    I would like to know whats wrong with a shower cap flowered robe and tennis shoes.
    I am wearing jumbo rollers neath a polyester head scarf, full mudpac, lilac candlewick dressing gown and wellingtons….Well it’s comfortable .

  31. Cristina says:

    haha, hoopoes are awesome! The pesky “armenian cuckoo” ;)) In our tradition it was considered that if you don’t wake up before the hoopoe starts to sing in the morning, you’ll have a foul day. Also, their song is hilarious :))

  32. Resriechan says:

    @ Hon Glad:

    1) Is your hair Blue?

    2) are you a member of M Python’s F C????

    3) Do your Ears Hang Low?

  33. by the picture it doesn’t look like a tree. It looks more like a an old building with wood siding.

  34. kathyp, what a terrific find! But who is John Gardner and does he have other entertaining gems like this? (yes, i googled, but apparently in the history of the internet you’re the only one who knows of this pooem!)

  35. Hon Glad says:

    Resreichan – I am old enough to have watched Monty Python when it was first broadcast, some episodes woud be totally unfunny, although this type of humour was a somewhat new in the field of comedy. But not entirely, they borrowed quite heavily from the writer of the Goon Show, Spike Milligan. Still the Batley Woman’s Guild re- enacting the battle of ?????? remains a favourite.

  36. Queen of Dork says:

    Hon Glad: Do you like Brussel sprouts?

  37. Hon Glad says:

    QoD – School dinners put me off most green vegetables food was cooked in a central kichen delivered to School, then steam heated, cabbage was stalks and mush, sprouts oozed water, I was always one of the last to leave the dinning hall, because I refused to eat them, it being the 50’s and not long post rationing, food waste was not tolerated.

  38. Queen of Dork says:

    Hon Glad: Hahahaha! Me loves you! Well, that sounds horrible. The only vegetables I like are:
    1: spinach
    2: cabbage (yummy)
    3: brocoli.

    That’s it.

  39. Queen of Dork says:

    Oops! I think I spelled the last one wrong. But I think it’s pretty good to eat.

  40. Resriechan says:

    @ HonGlad: Somewhere I saw particulars (cannot recall where just now) that MP also were familiar with the then avant-garde Ernie Kovacs program. when you see some of that now, it’s very evidently ahead of its time / innovative/ prescient…

  41. rubber duck says:

    Wonderful photo!

  42. Really? You guys don’t like summer squash and zucchini? Bell peppers? Corn?? Green beans?? I guess if all you were offered is canned, watery gross junk, that’d put you off. But one of my favorite things is to go to the farmer’s market and get tons of fresh fresh fresh produce.

    Wait, I got sidetracked. What a gorgeous bird!! What a fabulous picture!! Look at her black and white markings!!! Nature is endlessly amazing!

  43. Fluidstatic says:

    Prongs, your commentary just MAKES this one.

    @QoD: two c’s in Broccoli. My favorite also. ❤

  44. Bat-Snake:

    Two reasons birds peck things like lamp posts:

    1. It makes big noise and impresses the ladies. WPs can offten be seen pecking metal chimneys here in the states because it makes a *really big* noise. They are advertising their amazing pecking power, an important attribute for WPs.

    2. They are young and confused.

    Take your pick…

  45. Theadosia says:

    @Hon Glad

    I feel your pain. I also suffered the horror of British school dinners and I’m pretty sure that it’s warped me for life. I still loathe gravy, the only form of cabbage that I will eat voluntarily is coleslaw and I can’t hear the word ‘semolina’ without cringing. There’s also the junk food issue, in that often the only edible food I could get during the day was from the corner shop near school, and they did not sell salads.

    Fortunately, I rediscovered greens years later via Chinese food and now I really rather like broccoli (lightly steamed or stir-fried only).

  46. Paunchie says:

    But did they serve Spam? They totally served that for “hot lunch” at my elementary school, it was so gross! They put it on a bun like it was a hamburger. UGH. THE SMELL. Still gives me a headache just thinking about it.

  47. A Hoopoe!! I love these birds! I’ve never been lucky enough to spot one close up, but I’ve heard them.

    N. Fritz: “They always look like they were designed by committee!” 😆 So true!

    I always thought they looked like a Dr. Seuss drawing come to life.

  48. N. Fritz, I’m surprised that John Gardner doesn’t show up on Google. He’s a novelist who usually writes terribly serious stuff, but he also wrote a book of funny animal-related poetry titled The Carpentered Hen. OOPS! – hubby says The Carpentered Hen is not by John Gardner, but John Updike. My bad. However, the same comments apply, only John Updike is usually even more serious so for him to write funny poetry is even more unusual. Anyway, the book title is accurate. If you could find it, you would really enjoy it.

  49. Resriechan says:

    @ Britton:

    re. WP’s & metal pipes/ telephone poles: reminds me of homo sapiens (often of the male gender…) who have rackety engines in their 4-wheeled transportational devices….(vroom, vroom VROOM!!!!!) 😉

  50. kathyp – thanks for the info! I will look for a copy!

  51. Hoopoes are common in South Africa also, in fact, my Aunt lives on Hoepoe street (that’s how we spell it there)

  52. Resriechan says:

    Here is part of the “sichyuashion” on J. Gardner(s), author(s):

    John GardnerSee original Wikipedia article »

    From Wikipedia This page was last modified on 20 March 2010

    “John Gardner” could refer to:

    Arts and literature

    John Gardner (composer) (born 1917), British

    John Gardner (novelist) (1933–1982), American
    novelist and educator, author of Grendel

    John Gardner (thriller writer) (1926–2007), British
    author of spy and mystery novels, former official James Bond author

    [NOTE: there are other noted J. Gardners; politics, Oxford, etc.]

  53. BStrange says:

    School food… *SHUDDER!* I changed schools multiple times growing up, and menus changed yearly, so whether I’d be facing food I could even identify in two or three tries tended to be a mystery. I’d rather eat a hoopoe. I may be one of the few people who’re glad to have been diagnosed (eventually) with food allergies, so I could bring my lunch every day after that.

    Then it was college-time, and I could not only identify what was made available on campus, it was REAL FOOD. It tasted good. It was reasonably nutritious, even! o.O

    The markings on this hoopoe’s wings are prettier every time I look. I believe this boid is destined for a stint on my desktop.

  54. BStrange says:

    …Smiley Fail. That’s what I get for spending half my time in a smileproofed environment.



  55. Very good I am impressed!!!! :-O


  56. Awesome photo! I saw a few hoopoes last month in Jordan. Their head feathers are normally folded up into a thin pointy crest:

    Hoopoe, seen in Amman, Jordan