Atelier 88

Pete Nevin ‘The Hoopoe’ Drawing the Natural World.

Pete Nevin Atelier 88 'The Hoopoe' 2016 Bird Drawings 'Hoopoe'


Pete Nevin Atelier 88 2016 ‘The Hoopoe’ Drawing the Natural World, bird studies. Las Pilas de Fuente Soto, Andalusia, Spain.

We found an injured Hoopoe on the road from Alcala La Real to Las Pilas sometime last year. Whilst it was with us I managed a few drawings.

There are many myths and meanings related to the Hoopoe (hud-hud in Arabic).

Islamic literature also states that a hoopoe saved Moses from the giant King Og of Bashan after crossing the Red Sea.

The Hoopoe is mentioned twice in the Koran King Solomon’s

The Hoopoe was King Solomon’s Messenger Bird

The hoopoe is the king of the birds in the Ancient Greek comedy The Birds by Aristophanes

In the bestiaries of Pliny the Elder and Isidore of Seville, the hoopoe is one of the few creatures whose young will take care of their elders when they grow old and weak.

The Conference of the Birds or Speech of the Birds  Maqāmāt-uṭ-Ṭuyūr; 1177, is a long and celebrated Sufi poem of approximately 4500 lines written in Persian by the poet Farid ud-Din Attar, who is commonly known as Attar of Nishapur. In it, the Hoopoe is the wisest of them all and is the leader of the birds.

Various sources especially wikipedia