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Wood hoopoes and scimitarbills are a small African bird family, Phoeniculidae. They live south of the Sahara Desert and are not migratory.The wood hoopoes are related to the kingfishers, the rollers, and the Hoopoe.
The wood hoopoes are a morphologically distinct group, unlikely to be mistaken for any other. They are medium-sized 9 to 18 inches long, much of which is the long tail. They have metallic plumage often blue, green or purple, and lack a crest. The sexes are similar in all but one species. Their bills are either red or black. The legs are scarlet or black; the legs are short, with thick tarsi. When climbing up the trunks of trees they do so in the manner of a woodpecker, and when feeding on the ground they hop instead of walking like the true Hoopoe. Their tails are long and strongly graduated (the central feathers are the longest), and marked conspicuously with white, as are their wings.


FAMILY: PHOENICULIDAE
Genus: Phoeniculus
Green Woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus
Violet Woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus damarensis
Black-billed Woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus somaliensis
White-headed Woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus bollei
Forest Woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus castaneiceps

Genus: Rhinopomastus
Black Scimitar-bill, Rhinopomastus aterrimus
Common Scimitar-bill, Rhinopomastus cyanomelas
Abyssinian Scimitar-bill, Rhinopomastus minoresert and are not migratory.