Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker foraging

on 17th April 2011

“The Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker or Brown-capped Woodpecker (Dendrocopos moluccensis) is a small bird that blends well into the environment. It is difficult to spot. Though I took an interest in birds more than three years ago, it was only about a year ago that I started to see it in my neighbourhood. Since then there have been regular sightings.

“In the morning of 4th April I was at a small park-cum-playground in a small housing estate near my condo when I noticed some movements high up in the canopy of a Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia rosea). A Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker was seen foraging. After a short while another one appeared briefly.

“A short video of the encounter can be viewed above. You can hear the calls of Javan Mynas, Sported Dove and Black-naped Orioles in courtship in the video.”

Sun Chong Hong
12th April 2011

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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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2 Responses

  1. I spotted 3 Sunda Pygmy Woodpeckers foraging at Tampines St 83. I didn’t know they frequent residential areas.

  2. Have been seeing and hearing them at Hougang and Serangoon Gardens as well thanks to Nparks which converted my house football field into a park about a decade ago.

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