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Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet

 

The Coppersmith Barbet or Crimson-breasted Barbet is a bird with crimson forehead and throat which is best known for its metronomic call that has been likened to a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. It is a resident found in South Asia and parts of Southeast Asia. Like other barbets, they chisel out a hole inside a tree to build their nest. They are mainly fruit eating but will take sometimes insects, especially winged termites.

During the nesting season, the wear and tear on the feathers can cause the plumage of the upper back to appear bluish.

They compete with other cavity nesting birds and frugivores. The nest holes are also used for roosting and some birds roost alone in cavities and these often roost during part of the day. Immature will roost with the parents but often return to roost early so as not to be prevented by the parents from entering the roost cavity. Courtship involves singing, puffing of the throat, bobbing of the head, flicking of the tail and ritual feeding.

They breed through much of the year with local variation. The breeding season is mainly February to April in India. Both sexes excavate the nest on the underside of a narrow horizontal branch. They may also roost inside the nest holes. Three or four eggs are laid and like in many hole nesting birds the incubation period is not well known but has been estimated to be about 2 weeks. Both sexes incubate.

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