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