Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Coppersmith Barbet

Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala)

The Coppersmith Barbet is also known as the Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala). It is distinctive in the crimson coloured forehead and breast patch along with a yellowish eye ring.

Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala)

The bird gets its name from the call, which resembles a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer.

Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala)

They are fruit eating birds, and are found  solitary, in pairs or in groups, usually on fruit trees or sunning themselves on the branches of tall trees.

Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala)

They are cavity nesting birds and compete with other cavity nesting species. The breeding season is from February to April, but they breed most throughout the year. They are known to excavate nests in tree cavities. Three to 4 eggs are laid.

Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala)

  Sighting Information:
Location: Sarjapur, Karnataka
Date: 27th Mar 2011
Time: Morning; 8:50 AM
Weather: Sunny morning
Other Details: A lone bird flew into a tree and sat there quite a while. It seemed to be feeding and something is present in its beak.

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