Banded Woodpecker feeding

on 22nd August 2012

“I watched this Banded Woodpecker (Chrysophlegma miniaceus) for a few minutes this evening.

“First I saw it foraging on a dry palm frond :

“Next it took some gulps of water, I think, from a tree hole:

“Then it slurped up some insects (ants?) from a small hole in a tree trunk, its flicking tongue reminded me of an anteater.”

Lena Chow
28th July 2012

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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. Man that sounds like a very busy place with sounds of foot steps pounding the path, the bird does not seem to disturbed by all that. Great documentation efforts Lena ….

  2. Thanks KC. Yes, forest trails are becoming increasingly popular with joggers these days. Fortunately, this species has adapted to the noise & human presence.

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