Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See hammerhead.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bird from southern Africa, Scopus umbretta, of the Scopidae family and related to the herons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bird of the Heron family; the umber.

Etymologies

Partial translation of Afrikaans hamerkop : hamer, hammer + kop, head (from Middle Dutch, probably from Late Latin cuppa, drinking vessel, cup).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Afrikaans for "hammer head". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The birds include ten species of herons including grey heron Ardea cinerea, goliath heron A. goliath and yellow-billed egret Egretta intermedia, hammerkop Scopus umbretta, four of the six West African species of stork, ducks, five of the six West African species of vulture, hawks, plovers and francolins and black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus.

    Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire

  • Wadi Turabah in Saudi Arabia is the last place in the Arabian Peninsula where the hammerkop (Scopus umbretta) can be found nesting, and the isolated and distinctive endemic race Pica pica ssp. asirensis is pressent on Shalla ad-Dhana.

    Southwestern Arabian montane woodlands

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    February 23, 2007