In the new Near East section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you are able to view “The Concourse of the Birds”, which is on a folio of the Mantiq al-Tair (Language of the Birds) of ‘Attar, painted in about 1600 in Iran.
The glorious Hoopoe has a gathering of birds to whom he is telling stories.
They are about to go on a long and dangerous journey.
I should very much like to see a Hoopoe someday.
Come to think of it, I believe I have encountered a Hoopoe or two. They are sometimes encountered in large cities in the form of officious prating coxcombs in clerical garb.