Buff-rumped Woodpecker (Meiglyptes tristis grammithorax)

on 26th August 2021

I spend some time with these handsome, small woodpeckers at the Keldang-Sayong Forest Reserve in Ipoh, Perak. And I had an extended opportunity to watch them forage, socialise and make calls. Below are some images of the adult male and female pair. The female lacks the red in the malar region.

1 An adult male showing the red in the malar region.

  1.  A front view of a male head.

An adult female.

I watched this pair for an extended period. They were often together foraging at almost ground level and on dead trees or very high up at the top of the forest canopy.

A pair foraging at ground level.

A pair foraging on a dead tree.

They made calls, at times, as they flew from tree to tree; often both bird bursting out in a fast vocalisation that contained squeaks, quivering and fast trills. A call recording, a composite of 3 recordings, is here:

A sonogram and waveform of part of the record showing the layered nature of the calls. Frank Lambert considers some of the notes as the birds’ song. I also heard their fast drumming but did not manage to record it.

Sonogram and wave form.


Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Primary forest

Date: 25th February 2021

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone


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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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