Meet Our Animals > Hamerkop
Quick Facts
Native to Central and southern Africa, Madagascar, southwest Arabian Peninsula
Primary Diet Frogs, small fish, small mammals, and aquatic invertebrates
Adult Weight 16.5 to 19 ounces
Lifespan 20 years
Status Least Concern


Hamerkops perch on top of hippos in the water and use them while hunting. This gives them access to deeper water they cannot wade in. Their nest is known for being the largest roofed nest of any bird species. It can be approximately 6 feet in width and height, which can support the weight of a human.


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Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary

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