1931Guide to Vertebrate Fauna of E. Cape Prov. (Albany Museum)I. 155Phoeniculus purpureus..Wood-Hoopoe, Monkey-Bird...They go about in pairs, feeding on the insects infesting bark, chattering continuously as they feed, and sometimes breaking out into a loud demonical laugh.
1937M. AlstonWanderings 223The noisy red-billed hoopoes..well deserve the name of either ‘kakelaars’ or ‘monkey-birds’.
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