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Coppersmith Barbet

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The Coppersmith Barbet known by other names like Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith

has the scientific name Megalaima haemacephala is a bird with Grass green color feathers which is a resident of India and other countries of South Asia. About nine subspecies of Coppersmith Barbet is recognized.

The other Indian local names of this species are tuktukiya, Basanta and thathera. The quick classification of Coppersmith Barbet is as below,

 Kingdom   Animalia  
 Phylum   Chordata 
 Class   Aves 
 Order   Piciformes
 Family   Megalaimidae
 Genus   Megalaima
 Species   M. haemacephala

Physical Characteristics:

This grass green colored bird with crimson colored forehead and breast has a very distinct call which is more likely the sound made when the coppersmith strikes the metal with hammer. It has distinct colors throughout its body with red forehead, yellow colored eye-ring and throat patch with streaks underside and upper parts are colored green. Both males and females are alike.Juveniles look duller and don't have red patches. It is best known for its metronomic call. Like other barbets, they build their nest by chiseling out a hole inside a tree.

In Western Ghats, they overlap with Malabar Barbet which looks similar to Coppersmith Barbet but differs only in the call. During the nesting season, the abrasion on the feathers can make the plumage of the upper back to appear bluish. They are 17 cm in its body size.

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