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see hammerheadhammerhead,
common name for a heavy-looking, heronlike bird, Scopus umbretta. Its plumage is brown with light and dark glossy, purplish streaks on the wings and body. It has short legs, partially webbed feet, and a heavy, wide, moderately long, black bill.
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Hammerkop was the dam of Spion Kop, the 1920 Derby winner; in merit she was superior to him.
A walk through a short cave leads into the enclosed warm, moist rain forest; look for giant Indian fruit bats, the noisy hammerkop, and the flashy scarlet ibis.
The local people are mainly Msai, but people from other parts of the country have settled there attracted by the successful tourist-driven economy and intensive agriculture along the system of swamps that makes this low-rainfall area (average 350 mm (14 in)) one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds, pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops and 47 types of raptor.