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Laced Woodpecker feeding

on 3rd December 2017
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“Here is a video of a male Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus) feeding on a shaky branch by using its beak to peck at the branch. The frightened little insects will quickly scramble out of the loosened tree bark which allows the bird to use its sticky tongue to lick them up.

“This video shows clearly its zygodactyl feet (two front pointing and two back pointing clawed toes on each foot), which is useful for climbing and balancing while pecking at the branch.”

Thong Chow Ngian
Singapore
25th November 2017

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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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