Hoopoes have been known to breed in southern England during warm, dry summers particularly as it provides plenty of grasshoppers and similar insects to eat. However, around 20 hoopoes have bred in Britain in the last 200 years! It was reported in the 1980s that the northern European populations of hoopoe were in the decline, possibly due to the change in climate.
Hoopoes like to nest in vertical surfaces with cavities, for example cliffs, trees or even walls. The nest is lined with plants, feathers and wool etc, however, haystacks and nest boxes also make the perfect place for nesting.
Hoopoe eggs are smooth, non-glossy and measure 26 mm by 18 mm. They vary in colour and can be greyish, yellowish, greenish or brownish. Incubation is by the female hoopoe only, however, the young are fed by both parents.