Local Name (Malay): Takur Akar ("Root Barbet")
Featured Subspecies: Psilopogon haemacephalus indicus
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
In Malaysia, the Coppersmith Barbet is the commonest member of its family - the barbets which are relations of the woodpeckers. Although I sadly didn't hear it, the name comes from it's call - which sounds distinctively like someone hammering on metal - perhaps combined with the colour of it's forehead - a bright coppery orange. It is the smallest species of all the barbet. It is another species which is doing well from human changes to the environment - as it nests in dead trees in semi-clear land, logging has actually benefitted it - allowing it's range to expand - arriving into Malaysia in the 30s and on to Singapore in the 50s.
SUBSPECIES: P. h. indicus, P. h. delicus, P. h. roseus, P. h. haemacephalus, P. h. intermedius, P. h. celestinoi, P. h. mindanensis, P. h. cebuensis, P. h. homochroa
- Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A fairly common and widespread resident.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List