Historical record: This record was not submitted by observers. It was compiled and made available here as part of the Bird Society of Singapore's effort to make historical records more easily accessible. Click here to read more about this initiative.
White-bellied Woodpecker Dryocopus javensis
|Date||13 Feb 2016|
|Date added||25 Oct 2021|
This record has not been accepted by the Records Committee. For more details, see below.
|Shared by Alfred Chia on the Facebook group Singapore Birders. Quoting the post "Lady Luck was with me today on the 6th day of CNY when two White-bellied Woodpeckers flew across the PIE towards the Malcolm Road area while I was driving past just before Onraet Road. It must have flown from the vicinity of the Mount Pleasant Road area. Time recorded was 3.35pm. This is a very rare nationally-threatened species & was last recorded in July 2005. In the earlier years, I've seen this species in Gymkhana Avenue before but that was before all the construction works for the MRT began. Maximum I've seen was 4 on a Terantang tree in Sime Forest. This is still a mystery species in local avifauna as they have a "habit of disappearing" altogether after being sighted, as in this instance, a 10-year lapse. When we begin to wonder if they have been extirpated, they reappear mysteriously again. We now know again that this woodpecker is still around and is hanging out around the Mount Pleasant & Malcolm Road wooded areas, for now at least.". Given the lack of details, and that it was seen from the car, we choose to reject this record despite the observer's reliability.|
|Verdict||Not accepted (Unverifiable)|