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Hammerhead: Scopidae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Hammerheads And PeopleGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, CONSERVATION STATUS

Hammerheads live south of the Sahara Desert in the southern two-thirds of Africa. They are also found on the island of Madagascar and in the southwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Some of the birds spread out when dry areas become flooded during the rainy season, but they do not migrate in spring and fall. They are common and familiar birds in the places where they live.

Hammerheads are found in almost all types of wetlands. They feed in the shallow waters of lakeshores, riverbanks, ponds, marshes, wetlands near the ocean, and reservoirs behind dams. They usually use large trees near the wetlands for roosting at night and for nesting, but sometimes they use cliffs or rocky hillsides.

Hammerheads are not in any danger of extinction (dying out).



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