Ivory-billed Woodpecker

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Common Name: Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Campephilus principalis

Size: 18-20 inches (46-51cm)

Habitat: Old growth forests in the Southern United States. Mature bottomland forest, cypress swamps with large hardwoods.

Status: Unknown. Global Population: <50 mature individuals. Extinct? Maybe. There have recent credible sightings in the “Big Woods” preserve in Arkansas. Its extinction or extremely threatened status was/is due to the destruction of old growth forests.

Diet: Insects, beetle larvae, fruits, and nuts.

Breeding: One to five white eggs are laid in a cavity of a tree.

Cool Facts: The largest Woodpecker North of Mexico and the third largest in the world. The last Ivory-billed Woodpecker was sighted in the mid 1930’s. In 2002, rumors flooded the bird world that the Ivory-billed had been seen again in Arkansas. In 2004, Cornell Lab of Ornithology started a scientific monitoring system to determine if the Ivory-billed was not really extinct. In the 2005-2006 season, there were 14 sightings, 4 of which were considered with some scientific merit. While there’s been no photography to verify the sightings, there has been audio recorded which appears to be the distinctive call and drum of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Go to the Cornell Lab’s Ivory-billed Woodpecker Website for the latest status report.

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