Urban Hoopoes – Real-life Pokemon Go!

Urban Hoopoes Athens

Image by Dimitris Hall

Urban Hoopoes – Real-life Pokemon Go!

Dimitris Hall photo

Dimitris from Athens

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Upupa Epops is a hip bar in Athens named after the scientific name of the hoopoe (or «τσαλαπετεινός», as you’ll find it in the Greek language). Until recently, I thought that going to that bar was the only way to do something vaguely hoopoe-related in Athens. But then, everything changed!

One day, as I was having my run in the Alsos Neas Smyrnis, I saw black and white tail feathers under a pine tree. I approached carefully, but a big crest fanned out as the scared, smaller-than-a-pigeon bird fluttered into the trees. It was a hoopoe! This species of bird is definitely not something you’d expect to find in an urban park, and I was ecstatic to find this little piece of wild Greek fauna in the middle of the city.

After I first saw this single hoopoe, I kept seeing one or more each time I’d go back. Once I counted a whole family (?) of five convening a meeting inside a tree. I’d been seeing them so often and around the same spot, I decided to write about them.

Come to this specific spot during daytime, or perhaps better in the morning or an hour or two before sunset, pay careful attention, and you might be able to see them in a radius of 10-20m around the pointer! Hoopoes are considered timid, but these ones seem to be somewhat used to the presence of people.

Catch them between May (or April) – October when they’re in Greece. Happy urban birdwatching!

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Dimitris from Athens

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Address

Alsos Neas Smyrnis, Athens

Opening Times

Sunrise - sunset daily

Price

Free
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)