ham·​mer·​kop | \ ˈhamə(r)ˌkäp \
variants: or less commonly hammerkop bird or hammerkop stork
plural -s

Definition of hammerkop

: a chiefly dusky brown African wading bird (Scopus umbretta) intermediate in some respects between storks and herons but distinguished by its large head with heavy bill and thick dorsal crest and by its huge domed nest

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History and Etymology for hammerkop

Afrikaans hamerkop, from hamer hammer + kop head

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“Hammerkop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammerkop. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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