COPPER SMITH BARBET
The Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Psilopogon haemacephalus), 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 the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. They chisel out a hole inside a tree to build their nest. They are mainly fruit eating but will sometimes eat insects, especially winged termites.
They are found in gardens, groves and sparse woodland. Habitats with trees having deadwood suitable for excavation are said to be important. These birds nest and roost in cavities.
They are found abundantly on fruiting Ficus trees and are fond of sunning themselves in the morning on bare top branches of tall trees, often flitting about to sit next to each other. Their flight is straight, with rapid flaps.