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Israel names biblically banned Hoopoe national bird
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/29/08 | Jeffrey Heller

Posted on 05/29/2008 9:30:35 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - It may not be kosher, but the Hoopoe was chosen Thursday as Israel's national bird.

The Hoopoe, or "Duchifat" in Hebrew, is listed in the Old Testament as unclean and forbidden food for Jews.

President Shimon Peres declared the pink, black and white-crested bird the winner of a competition timed to coincide with Israel's 60th anniversary. It beat out rivals such as the Yellow-vented Bulbul and the Palestine Sunbird.

The Book of Leviticus groups the Hoopoe with birds such as the eagle, vulture and pelican that are "abhorrent, not to be eaten."

Israel is a main crossroads for birds migrating between Europe and Africa. Some 155,000 Israelis cast ballots in the national bird vote.


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 60thanniversary; banned; israel; mascot; names; nationalbird

1 posted on 05/29/2008 9:30:36 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

So who wants to eat the national bird?


2 posted on 05/29/2008 9:32:39 AM PDT by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
beat out rivals such as the Yellow-vented Bulbul and the Palestine Sunbird.

Now that was tough competion!

3 posted on 05/29/2008 9:33:30 AM PDT by xJones
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To: Military family member

I couldn’t imagine eating a Bald Eagle. I wonder if it tastes like chicken...


4 posted on 05/29/2008 9:40:35 AM PDT by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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To: NormsRevenge
Actually, there's more to the hoopoe than meets the eye. Hoopoe

"Their habitat is open cultivated ground with short grass or bare patches. They spend much time on the ground hunting insects and worms. That diet may have been among the reasons the Hoopoe is included on the Old Testament's list of unclean birds (see Leviticus 11:19 and Deuteronomy 14:18). The Hoopoe is 25–29cm long, with a 44–48cm wingspan. This black, white and pink bird is quite unmistakable, especially in its erratic flight, which is like that of a giant butterfly. The crest is erectile, but is mostly kept closed. It walks on the ground like a starling.

The song is a trisyllabic "oop-oop-oop", which gives rise to its English and scientific names.

The nest is in a hole in a tree or wall. Like those of its relatives the kingfishers, the nest tends to contain copious amounts of faeces and smell very foul as a protection against predators. Nesting hoopoes are capable of squirting fecal matter at intruders."

5 posted on 05/29/2008 9:43:11 AM PDT by xJones
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To: NormsRevenge

Looks like a kingfisher, cardinal, woodpecker, hummingbird hybrid.


6 posted on 05/29/2008 9:45:58 AM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301

Like a bird version of “Trick My Ride”.


7 posted on 05/29/2008 9:48:10 AM PDT by najida (The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: fso301

Like a bird version of “Trick My Ride”.


8 posted on 05/29/2008 9:48:24 AM PDT by najida (The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: xJones
Nesting hoopoes are capable of squirting fecal matter at intruders

Who knew? LOL

9 posted on 05/29/2008 9:50:51 AM PDT by lonevoice (John McCain was a Kinoki foot pad in the Reagan Revolution)
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To: NormsRevenge

So what’s the Palestinian national bird going to be? The vulture?

}:-)4


10 posted on 05/29/2008 9:53:48 AM PDT by Moose4 (http://moosedroppings.wordpress.com -- Because 20 million self-important blogs just aren't enough.)
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To: contemplator
I couldn’t imagine eating a Bald Eagle. I wonder if it tastes like chicken...

No, they taste like a cross between a blue heron and an osprey.

11 posted on 05/29/2008 10:20:06 AM PDT by xJones
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To: NormsRevenge

Isreal needs a national bird like they need another enemy..


12 posted on 05/29/2008 10:20:15 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: xJones
Nesting hoopoes are capable of squirting fecal matter at intruders."

That pretty much debunks the urban legend that primates are the only animals who use their own fesces as a weapon.
13 posted on 05/29/2008 10:32:38 AM PDT by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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14 posted on 05/29/2008 10:48:48 AM PDT by sr4402
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Very cool bird. It has it all going on, Thanks!


15 posted on 05/29/2008 10:50:53 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: sr4402

Love that punk hairdo!


16 posted on 05/29/2008 10:55:17 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Average White Conservative)
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Palestinian Sunbird


Yellow-vented Bulbul


17 posted on 05/29/2008 10:57:15 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: contemplator

Well, let’s say I definitely wouldn’t want to go after a nesting pair of hoopoes.


18 posted on 05/29/2008 12:06:06 PM PDT by xJones
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To: Military family member
So who wants to eat the national bird?

That would be me.

"mmmmm... E-mew"

19 posted on 05/29/2008 2:30:11 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (There is no lie as bold as a truth half told)
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To: sr4402; Lijahsbubbe

That’s it? Great, it looks like it’s wearing a kaffiyeh.


20 posted on 05/29/2008 3:54:46 PM PDT by Ezekiel
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To: Ezekiel

It’s so cute!


21 posted on 05/29/2008 4:21:00 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Ezekiel

Rachel Ray’s latest culinary presentation, stuffed Hoopoe.


22 posted on 05/29/2008 4:24:21 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: contemplator
I couldn’t imagine eating a Bald Eagle. I wonder if it tastes like chicken...

A National Park ranger caught a poacher with a freshly killed Bald Eagle.

After a sob story about losing his job and needing to put food on the table for his wife and kids, the Ranger decides to let the guy off the hook but warns him that if he ever finds out about any more poaching, he will throw the book at him. The poacher thanks the Ranger profusely for the second chance.

"So, umm, out of curiosity, what does Bald Eagle taste like?", asked the Ranger.

The poacher replied, "Just like Spotted Owl."

23 posted on 05/29/2008 4:46:51 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Moose4; Lijahsbubbe; sheik yerbouty; dennisw; Alouette
So what’s the Palestinian national bird going to be? The vulture?

The cowbird.

In order for the birds to remain mobile and stay with the herd, they have adapted by laying their eggs in other birds' nests. The cowbird will watch for when its host lays eggs, and when the nest is left unattended, the female will come in and lay its own eggs.

The cowbird eggs do not look much different from the hosts' eggs, and the host will normally incubate the eggs. The cowbird chicks grow quickly, and may consume most of the food the host brings. If starvation does not kill the other birds, in some species the cowbird will use its large size to push the other chicks out of the nest.

Cowbird

24 posted on 05/29/2008 5:37:47 PM PDT by Ezekiel
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To: Moose4
So what’s the Palestinian national bird going to be?


25 posted on 05/29/2008 5:48:42 PM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Alouette

I assume that’s a flying cockroach?


26 posted on 05/29/2008 6:35:41 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Lijahsbubbe

That is a fly that lives on s#!t.


27 posted on 05/29/2008 6:46:07 PM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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