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Extinct Imperial Woodpecker Caught on Film
2011-10-27 08:43:13

[ Watch the Video ] The imperial woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis), thought to now be extinct, has been found on film. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers acquired an 85-second video clip filmed in 1956 by the late William Rhein, according to a new research paper that was recently published. Rhein was a dentist who traveled to the bird´s habitat in Mexico´s Sierra Madre Occidental. Cornell released the film to the public on Wednesday. The video shows a female imperial...


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2006-06-30 14:47:08

The Imperial Woodpecker, (Campephilus imperialis), was a member of the woodpecker family Piciformes. It was the world's largest woodpecker species. This 23 inch long bird is officially listed as critically endangered or possibly extinct. However, the last positive sighting was in Durango, Mexico in 1958 and it is probably now extinct. The primary reason for its decline was loss of habitat, although it was also set in motion by over-hunting. The male had a red crest, but was...

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2006-06-30 14:40:36

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker, (Campephilus principalis), is a very large and extremely rare or extinct member of the woodpecker family, Picidae. It is officially listed as an endangered species, and until recently had widely been considered extinct. However one male bird has been reportedly sighted in Arkansas in 2004 and 2005. If its rediscovery is confirmed, this would make the Ivory-billed Woodpecker a lazarus species, a species that is rediscovered alive after being considered...

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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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