An Old Worldbird, Upupa epops, known for its distinctive plumage, fanlike crest, and slender bill. (noun)
Examples of word hoopoe
Of all birds that hatch for themselves the hoopoe is the only one that builds no nest whatever; it gets into the hollow of the trunk of a tree, and lays its eggs there without making any sort of nest.
Commentators generally agree that the hoopoe is the bird intended.
a bird called a "hoopoe," according to the context.
Pisthetairos and Euelpides, frustrated with life in wartime Athens, search for Tereus, a king who had been changed into a hoopoe, in the realm of the birds in the sky.
As I arrive, a hoopoe flounces down to the field alongside and, crest outspread, studiously feasts on worms.
For example, and this is just for openers, you can be dumb as a dodo, crazy as a coot, silly as a goose, a sitting duck, or simply a dupe from de huppe, the hoopoe, an Old World bird, said to be more stupid than most.