Woody The Woodpecker: Suspected Concussion

Today,  a juvenile Sunda Woodpecker was brought to AMK Veterinary Surgery by a kind client who rescues injured wild birds. We shall call the woodpecker Woody for now.

Woody the Sunda Woodpecker is still a juvenile. Looks like it has suffered a concussion (head trauma).

“This Woodpecker is still a juvenile. Looks like it has suffered a concussion (head trauma).” ~ Dr Gloria Lee, AMK Veterinary Surgery

Woody is hospitalised and will be given 50% glucose solution by mouth every two hours.

Birds can suffer from concussion (head trauma) if they fly into a hard surface like a wall or window. If you find a bird lying dazed on the ground after hitting a window:

  • gently carry and place it in a box or dark container with a lid
  • leave it somewhere warm and quiet (away from pets and predators)
  • release the bird outside once it is awake and alert (some birds will revive within  a few minutes, unless it is seriously injured.)

If the bird doesn’t recover in a couple of hours, take it to a veterinarian.

Woody is currently hospitalised at AMK Veterinary Surgery where it will be kept in a quiet area and monitored closely. Although Woody’s prognosis for the next 24 hours is poor, we are still hoping for the best!

Stay tuned for Woody’s progress.

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The Sunda Woodpecker or Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker is the smallest species of woodpecker in Singapore.

Woodpeckers have a distinctive manner of hopping up and down tree trunks and branches, while drilling the wood for insects.

Here are some interesting write-ups on the Sunda Woodpecker from Nature Watch and Bird Ecology Study Group.

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