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Banded woodpecker

Picus miniaceus


The Banded woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker with a distinctive yellow-nape, and presently the only yellow-naped woodpecker in Singapore. Both sexes have a red crown, and the male (as seen here) also has red on the neck sides.


Primary forest (Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, one of the largest patches of primary rainforest left in Singapore)


This bird is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. Also recently often sighted in Singapore is the Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus); this species is predominantly olive-green and can be distinguished by its blue eye-ring. Ref.: A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of Singapore, Li et al., John Beaufoy Publishing, 2013

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41 Comments (1–25)

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 8 years ago

A real beauty

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you James and Leuba! It's nice to be reminded of this guy in the middle of the northern hemisphere winter.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

I missed this one - what a beauty ! SOTD of course. Congratulations !!

James McNair
James McNair 9 years ago

Love this how blessed you are to see such things!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks ashutosh!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 9 years ago

Lovely spotting!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you sintija!

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 9 years ago

Very lovely photos! :))

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you Rieko!

RiekoS 9 years ago

Very nice.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Adi!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Aww.she s so cute :)

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Malcolm!

Congratulations on SOTD Daniele.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you Larry!

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Great spotting and information Daniele!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks for all the last kind comments!

staccyh 9 years ago

Congrats on sotd! Great photos you have here.

JillBlack 9 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD Daniele awesome capture

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Lovely spotting. Congratulations Daniele.

LoraEberhardt 9 years ago

Beautiful bird

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Congrats, Daniele. This is wonderful. Such a beauty.

TinaWest 9 years ago

Beautiful bird, congrats!

PieterColpaert 9 years ago

Beautiful! Congrats Daniele!

Awesome capture Danièle,just beautiful,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

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Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Apr 4, 2014
Submitted on Jul 11, 2014

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