Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Coppersmith Barbet and Golden Oriole

Coppersmith Barbet



Golden Oriole


 

There is a tree within the colony where I stay which comes alive with all kinds of birds in the early morning. This is a picture of a Coppersmith Barbet (top) and the Golden Oriole (bottom). It is getting really interesting, stalking and shooting birds (with a camera of course). I never knew we had so many birds in Mumbai. Open ye eyes and thou shalt see - Nature seems to be telling me. The entry below is from my flickr site. But I think these birds will all vanish in a few years as we continuously destroy their habitat. We suck.

I got the name of the barbet from the site www.indiabirds.com. I am still to get the name of the second one (the one on the lower branch).

EDIT (20 February, 2011)
The yellow birdie at the bottom is the Golden Oriole.Saw the listing at www.indiabirds.com.

EDIT (22 February, 2011)
From wikipedia: Coppersmith Barbet
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 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.

The bird has also been nominated in the race for the 'Bird of Mumbai'
Times Of India Article :
In a first, organizers of the forthcoming Mumbai Bird Race have started an online campaign urging Mumbaikars to vote for the 'Bird of Mumbai'. The campaign that kicked off this week aims to elect a bird species that not only epitomises the city, but has also survived rampant developmental activities.

"The idea is to elect a flagship bird species that showcases the never-say- die spirit of Mumbai and its surrounding areas," said Sunjoy Monga, naturalist and organizer of Mumbai Bird Race, adding, "Despite pollution, thinning green cover and ever increasing human population, several bird species have thrived on the alterations to their habitats. We want to elect one such species."

Some of the probable winners include Lesser Flamingos, Coppersmith Barbet, Magpie Robin and the commonest city bird-the house crow.

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