This bird is a hoopoe, and it is feeding in my garden! Hoopoes are quite exotic birds. They have a crown of feathers on their heads, a long tapering bill that can be opened when probing into the soil due to a strengthened head musculature , and an undulating flight rather like that of a large butterfly. Their diet includes insects, small reptiles and seeds and berries, and is a solitary forager. Hoopoes were sacred in Ancient Egypt.