Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Sunda Woodpecker (Yungipicus moluccensis)

OTHER NAMES: Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker
Latin Etymology: Yungipicus ("wryneck woodpecker") moluccensis ("of the Maluku Islands")
Adult female Sunda Woodpecker (subspecies Y. m. moluccensis) at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore - February 2017

Featured Subspecies: Yungipicus moluccensis moluccensis
Weight: 15-18g
Length: 11.5-12.5cm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Sunda Woodpecker is a tiny species found primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia.  It is one of the more common woodpecker species in Singapore, which contrains many of it's preferred habitats such as tropical forest and mangrove.  This particular female was seem at the Gardens by the bay, flying in unexpectedly to start picking at a bare tree trunk.

Related Species:
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dendrocopos or Yungipicus
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
SINGAPORE - A fairly common resident
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: A single bird at Gardens by the Bay

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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