Hamerkop flies in

There’s a new boy bird on the block.

A male Hamerkop is currently being introduced to DZG’s resident female in the hope of setting up a breeding pair.

hamerkop_2aNative to Africa, hamerkops are so-called because of the shape of its head and curved bill and crest, which is reminiscent of a hammer.

They are unusual birds because they construct huge nests. Despite being quite small in size, the species can create nests which can sometimes measure 1.5m across and be strong enough to support a man’s weight.

Although there are numerous hamerkops in the wild, they do face the potential threat of wetland habit deterioration due to the excessive use of pesticides in farming.