The hamerkop is mostly active during the day, often resting at noon during the heat of the day. They can be somewhat crepuscular, being active around dusk, but are not nocturnal as has sometimes been reported.
This species normally feed alone or in pairs, but will also feed in large flocks sometimes. It is a generalist, although amphibians and fish form the larger part of its diet. The diet also includes shrimp, insects and rodents.
The hamerkop is a medium-sized waterbird. Its plumage is a drab brown with purple iridescence on the back. The tail is faintly barred with darker brown. The sexes are alike and fledglings resembled adults. The bill is long, and slightly hooked at the end. It resembles the bill of a shoebill, and is quite compressed and thin, particularly at the lower half of the bottom mandible. The bill is brown in young birds but has become black by the time a bird fledges.
Appearances in Fanfiction
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- The Lion Guard: A Celebration to Remember
- The Lion Guard: Defending The Pridelands
- The Lion Guard: Another Kupatana Celebration
- The Lion Guard: Celebrating Kupatana
- The Lion Guard: Helping Kulinda
- The Story of The Lion Guard
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