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The hamerkop, also known as the tufted umber, or anvilhead, is a medium-sized wading bird 56 centimetres in length with a weight of 470 grams.

The shape of its head with a long bill and crest at the back is reminiscent of a hammer, hence its name.

It ranges from Africa, Madagascar to Arabia, in wetlands of a wide variety, including estuaries, lake sides, fish ponds, riverbanks and rocky coasts in Tanzania.

The hamerkop, which is a sedentary bird that often show local movements, is not globally threatened and is locally abundant in Africa and Madagascar.

This picture taken by local photographer Clive Wright

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