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The Barbet

The Barbet
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Copyright: rajan rajwade (Mrajan) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 29] (143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-20
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/333 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-14 9:22
Viewed: 2907
Points: 0
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The Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala), is a bird with crimson forehead and throat which is best known for its metronomic call that has been likened to a 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 insects.

Throughout their wide range they are found in gardens, groves and sparse woodland.

Keeps solitary, pairs, or small groups; larger parties occasionally on abundantly fruiting Ficus trees. Fond of sunning themselves in the morning on bare top branches of tall trees, often flitting about to sit next to each other. The flight is straight, with rapid flaps.

The call is a loud rather metallic tuk…tuk…tuk (or tunk), reminiscent of a copper sheet being beaten, giving the bird its name. Repeated monotonously for long periods, starting with a subdued tuk and building up to an even volume and tempo, the latter varying from 1.5 to 2 per second.

The beak remains shut during each call - a patch of bare skin on both sides of the throat inflates and collapses with each tuk like a rubber bulb, with much body and tail shaking. Not very vocal in cold weather - a spell of rain or cold immediately silences them, but it is "one of India's most familiar sounds in the hot season

They breed through much of the year with local variations. 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 the incubation period is not known. The main nesting season is February to April, prior to the Monsoons but later in southern India and Sri Lanka. Multiple broods may be raised. ( thanks to wikipedia)

this barbet i ever tried to capture was out out of focal range of my camera. i have seen 4 to 5 pairs on single tree besides my building. i have spent hours to capture classic image of them but alas ! i found this image much better. these barbets are so tyny to capture. even though they are easy more than sunbird i couldnt capture good image.as ever they were out of my camera range.
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