Laced Woodpecker crashed into balcony glass door

on 21st May 2008


Yvette Lim was at home one May 2008 morning when she heard a loud thud coming from her balcony window. There, on the floor, was a stunned female Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus). She sent in the image she took with a note:

“I consider it a real perk to have moved into a new home (well, not so new anymore!) where White-crested Laughingthrushs (Garrulax leucolophus), Tanimbar Corella (Cacatua goffini) and other (equally vocal or not) birds are a daily sight. We had one such visitor the other morning – the poor fellow smashed into our balcony glass door, and sat stunned and gawping for a good ten minutes before fleeing the scene.”

To find out the reasons why birds crash into buildings with glass panes, click HERE: 1, 2, 3 and 4.

NOTE: KC Tsang helped in the identification of the woodpecker.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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