Ahoopoe would look exotic even in a tropical rain forest, but when seen against the drab grey-green of a Cork field on a rainy spring day in the 1970s, the solitary upupa epops looked like a creature from a cartoon. It was a little bigger than a blackbird, but with a rose-pink head, neck and chest. Its wings and tail had contrasting black-and-white bars, and its striped crest rose up and down as it walked...
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