Black-rumped Flameback check out a concrete hole

on 9th August 2010

Following KC Tsang’s observation of a woodpecker checking out a hole in a concrete pole, Ragoo Rao of India wrote: “Yes, I agree, the woodpeckers do explore for insects in concrete pole holes also. I have photographed Black-rumped Falamebacks (Dinopium benghalense), doing this.

“I have noticed the woodpecxkers cling on to electric poles to explore for insects in the holes. This they do only when there are holes in the pole and not otherwise. I have observed this for a long time and in all occasions the woodpeckers landed only on concrete poles with holes, which might appear to them as tree trunk holes, to get insects.”

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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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One Response

  1. Thanks for posting this interesting observation. I recently saw a Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala indica)in my urban neighborhood checking out these holes. The hole were larger that the ones in this picture. Yet to figure out their intent.

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