MAY 9, 2018, 5:00 AM SGT
Birdwatchers hail reappearance of species here after it was spotted in nature reserve
The great slaty woodpecker is not the most attractive of birds, with its bald head and grey cloak of feathers.
But a rare sighting near the summit of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve last week has got the birding community in Singapore buzzing with excitement.
The reappearance of the woodpecker, thought to be extinct in Singapore due to forest clearance during the Republic's developing years, has been described by veteran birdwatcher Alan OwYong as the greatest ornithological event in Singapore in the last decade.
"Since 1950, the great slaty woodpecker, the largest woodpecker in the world, has disappeared from our forests along with seven other woodpecker species," Mr OwYong, committee member of the Nature Society's (Singapore) Bird Group, told The Straits Times.
"Its reappearance a few days ago was most unexpected, as it is the rarest among the eight species."