Duchifat…Gesundheit

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If you see a Duchifat in Israel, don’t be alarmed. It’s just the Hebrew word for a Hoopoe, the new national bird:

President Shimon Peres declared the pink, black and white-crested bird the winner of a competition timed to coincide with Israel’s 60th anniversary. It beat out rivals such as the Yellow-vented Bulbul and the Palestine Sunbird.

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The Book of Leviticus groups the Hoopoe with birds such as the eagle, vulture and pelican that are “abhorrent, not to be eaten.” (MORE)

(HT: Blogs of Zion)

Posted on June 2, 2008
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