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Lock-down photography – Coppersmith Barbet

Lock-down photography – Coppersmith Barbet

An Asian barbet with a crimson-toned forehead and throat, the Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus) is identified by its metronomic call, similar to that of a coppersmith striking copper with a hammer. This ubiquitous resident of Mumbai has been chosen as the official bird of the city that never sleeps, India’s business capital of Mumbai.

 

Lock-down photography – Coppersmith Barbet

 

Meet the most unique Mumbaikar of all times!!

The Coppersmith Barbet was named the official Bird of Mumbai in 2011, winning over competitors like the common crow. It won because of its consistency of habitat and behavior over other birds in this ever-evolving city. Unlike the Crow, the Sparrow, or the Pigeon who eat anything the human beings throw their way, the Coppersmith Barbet sticks to its diet of fruit and insects and makes its home by carving holes in the tree trunks. It has evolved with the City but never changed.

It is a small, sparrow-sized green bird with yellow patches around its eyes and throat. It has a characteristic red forehead patch and red neckband. Named after it’s persistent mechanical call, which sounds like a coppersmith banging metal with a hammer, the barbet is difficult to spot because of it’s camouflage but can be heard all through the day almost everywhere in the city of Mumbai.

 

Lock-down photography – Coppersmith Barbet

 

You may have heard the sound “Took Took Took” going on and on so many times overhead, but never thought it would be a bird.

The Barbet is also a ventriloquist, so it’s impossible to track it from the direction of the sound. In Marathi the Coppersmith Barbet is called ‘Tambat Tooktookya’, because of it’s red tuft and unique sound.

 

Lock-down photography – Coppersmith Barbet

 

So if a Coppersmith Barbet ever perches on your window, don’t feed it chapati or bread. It can find it’s own food. The Coppersmith Barbet has been “Atma nirbhar” always…please let it continue to be so!

About the Author /

Swapnil Agaskar is a Mumbai based Commercial Photographer & Photography Teacher. He is a skipper with DCP Expeditions, Mumbai. Travel, Street, and Nature photography are Swapnil’s passion genres. “Photography Gupshup™ over Coffee with Swapnil” is his ongoing social cause initiative.

Comments(26)

  • Deepali

    July 3, 2020

    Awesome write up ! Great insight on our unspoilt, health conscious and atmanitbhar Mumbai bird. : )

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thanks 🙂

  • Dr.Rutwik T.

    July 3, 2020

    This picture is one of the best, I have ever seen.
    As a Scientist, I find it revealing mammoth of information (size variations: bird, leaves, droplets) for biologists and social messages. The ‘attitude’ of the ‘funky’ bird is illustrative of Mumbaikar’s! The author also emphasized that it has its own indigenous food preferences. The data captured here is not only through physical embodiment of camera lenses but rather through brilliance of mind. Ultimately, I would like to appreciate the author’s ecological conservation message connected so well with ‘Atma Nirbhar’ that predicates our lock-down scenario. If the bird can, so shall we all ! . . Jai Hind!!

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thanks a lot!!

  • Rajesh Save

    July 3, 2020

    Excellent Swapnil, beautiful pictures with relevant information, so precise. Looking forward to more. Thanks so much

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thanks Rajesh…So glad you liked the info. Do stay connected.

  • Ravindra Thengodkar

    July 3, 2020

    Very nice photographs and an informative write-up. Keep it on Swapnil.

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thanks a lot!!

  • Shabnam Dalwai

    July 4, 2020

    Swapnil, excellent photograph, as always. Information given is helpful as it gets us to know about our fellow Mumbaikar!

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thanks Shabnam…glad you liked the info.

  • Prashant Shewade

    July 4, 2020

    Excellent writing Swapnil very nicely documented. Great going 👍🏻

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thanks Prashant

  • Arnav S. Khandekar

    July 4, 2020

    Wonderful read… and photography too!

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thanks Arnav…do stay connected on Instagram for more suchimages and articles @swapnil_agaskar

  • Tilak

    July 4, 2020

    Awesome.

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thanks.
      Swapnil Agaskar
      Instagram: swapnil_agaskar

  • Vibhuti Save

    July 4, 2020

    Best photography and information. Thank you.

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thanks, happy that you liked it.

      Swapnil Agaskar
      Instagram: swapnil_agaskar

  • Ravindra Deodhar

    July 4, 2020

    Never know that Coppersmith Barbet is official bird of Mumbai. Nice information.

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thanks 🙂

  • Beryl

    July 4, 2020

    Beautiful photography Swapnil. Eyeconic ✌️👍👌

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thank you Beryl 🙂

  • Mudit Bhatnagar

    July 5, 2020

    Dear Mr Swapnil,
    Saw your photographs. It’s really wonderful. I’m from Gurgaon and lives in the mid of the jungle, on the top of the Aravali Hill’s. We have Coppsmith Barbet also along with lot of other species. I have some pictures of Coppersmith Barbet and other birds. I would like to share with everyone. Please guide.

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Yes Mr Mudit, the Coppersmith Barbet and many other Barbet varieties are found all over the country.
      You can send in your images and stories to Saevus, if they like the quality of the content they will surely publish it.
      You can stay connected with me on Instagram if you wish, for more such info.
      Swapnil Agaskar
      Instagram: swapnil_agaskar

  • Altaf Lokhandwala

    July 6, 2020

    Last week this fellow was lying down near my friends house . It was injured and couldn’t fly.
    My family nourished it for a week till it was healthy enough to fly and let it go.

    • Swapnil Agaskar

      July 7, 2020

      Thats awesome Altaf!! Very kind of you, appreciate that.

      Thanks.
      Swapnil Agaskar
      Instagram: swapnil_agaskar

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