Israels Nationalvogel: der Wiedehopf

hoopoe israel national birdWusstet Ihr, dass der Wiedehopf (דּוּכִיפַת, dukhifat) Israels Nationalvogel ist? Dieser auffällig aussehende Vogel wird oft als Symbol für Weisheit verwendet. Der Wiedehopf ist ein schöner Vogel mit Krone auf dem Kopf. Es hat einen auffälligen Ruf der wie „huud huud huud“ klingt. Sein lateinischer Name „Upupa Epops“ ist wohl daran angelehnt. Wohnungsprobleme hat der Wiedehopf nicht – er nestet nahezu überall. Geschlechtergleichheit ist bei ihm selbstverständlich: Männchen und Weibchen kümmern sich gleichermaßen um den Nachwuchs und sehen gleich hübsch aus.

Wenn Sie nach Israel kommen, dann halten Sie ausschau nach dem Wiedehopf – Sie werden ihn pärchenweise fast überall finden können. Mit seinen Farben und der Krone schmückt er die Natur überall wo er sich aufhält.

Auf Wiedersehen – לְהִתְרָאוֹת! Lehitra’ot!

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Shira Cohen-Regev

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Weekly Hebrew Tale 

Who gave the hoopoe a golden crest of feathers? ?מִי עָנַד לַדּוּכִיפַת צִיצַת נוֹצָה? Mi ‘anad ladukhifat tsitsat notsa? This story is based on an Arab tale that was retold by Israel’s poet, Hayim Naxman Bi’alik (חַיִּים נַחְמָן בְּיָאלִיק). 

When King Solomon (הַמֶּלֶךְ שְׁלֹמֹה) felt overwhelmed with his royal job, he used to take vacations in a special city called Tadmor that he built for this purpose in the middle of the desert. He used to fly there for few days on his personal White Eagle, (נֶשֶׁר לָבָן) and when he came back he felt refreshed and ready to rule his people (and animals).

On one of his flights the sun shone vigorously and King Solomon almost passed out from heatstroke. The king of the Hoopoes saw him and called his flock to create a bird-cloud to shade the fainting king and rescued him. To thank the hoopoes, King Solomon promised to fulfill a wish for them. So, the hoopoes discussed it for a whole day and decided to ask for a golden crest (צִיצַת זָהָב) of feathers. King Solomon told them that if they decided their wish was futile, he didn’t mind helping them again.

The hoopoes received a golden crest and were overjoyed. They began acting like narcissists, looking at their reflection in the water all the time. A hunter watched the hoopoes boasting and put a small mirror on the ground. When a hoopoe came to watch itself he hunted it and sold its golden crest. When others heard about the “flying treasure,” many people began hunting the hoopoes to become rich. The hoopoes were in trouble. As a last resort, the king of the hoopoes went back to King Solomon, begging him to rescue his birds from extermination. King Solomon, understanding that the hoopoes had certainly learned their lesson, took pity upon them and removed the gold from their crest. Ever since, the hoopoes have been content with their lot and behave modestly, but still seem very glorious even with their non-golden crest (צִיצָה).

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