Coppersmith Barbet

Scientific Name: Psilopogon haemacephalus

Malay Name: Takur Tukang Biasa

Chinese Name: 赤胸拟啄木鸟

Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to Southern China and Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: indicus, delicus, roseus, haemacephalus, celestinoi, mindanensis, intermedius, cebuensis, homochroa.

Local Subspecies: indicus

Size: 17 cm

Identification: Adult has stout blackish bill, reddish legs, bright green uppeparts, greenish-white underparts with green streaks, yellow face and throat with black eye-stripe, reddish forecrown and small red patch at upper breast. Juvenile looks duller and lacks the reddish parts of the adult.

Habitat: Gardens, parks, mangroves and suitable wooded areas but not forest.

Behaviour/Ecology: Its call sounds like a coppersmith hitting copper sheets.

Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Chinese/Japanese Gardens, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bidadari, Jurong ECO Garden, Pasir Ris Park, Bishan Park and other suitable parks, gardens and wooded areas.


BirdLife International. (2016). Psilopogon haemacephalus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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