538 Coppersmith Barbet



The Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala), also known as Crimson-breasted Barbet or simply Coppersmith, has a length of 16-17 cm, crimson forehead and throat, yellow eye-ring, a throat patch with streaked underside, green upperparts, and pink legs and feet. The species is a resident breeder in South and Southeast Asia and is generally seen in pairs or small flocks in sparse woodland, groves and gardens. Its presence can be easily known by the constant metallic loud call “tuk…tuk…tuk” that it makes, but the bird is often difficult to see hidden as it remains in the tree-top. It chisels out a hole high in a tree trunk to build its nest and lay eggs. It is the official bird of Mumbai, India.