Life and Death moment: Woodpecker vs bronzeback

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Tan Tze Siong’s documented a Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos moluccensis) attacking a Painted Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis pictus). The snake was moving up the tree trunk towards the woodpecker’s nest. It came close to the nest when the adult woodpecker noticed it and zoomed in. What else could the woodpecker do when its nest was threatened? The woodpecker managed to fight the bronzeback off, causing it to fall to the ground

The battle was fought in a wooded area at Marina Barrage.

Nature guide Subaraj Rajathurai kindly confirmed the identification of the snake.

Tan Tze Siong
22nd May 2019

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behaviour through photography and videography to a wider audience.


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