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2005-08-26 19:08:55

On April 25, 2004, University of Arkansas researcher David Luneau accidentally kept a video camera running as his canoe drifted through a bayou in the Big Woods of Arkansas -- and recorded an ivory-billed woodpecker.


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2006-07-17 11:27:03

The Red-headed Woodpecker, (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), is a small or medium-sized woodpecker. Adults have a black back and tail with a red head and neck. Their undersides are mainly white. The primary wings are black with white secondary wings. Their breeding habitat is open country across southern Canada and the eastern-central United States. They nest in a hole in a dead tree or a dead part of a tree. Northern birds migrate to the southern parts of the range; southern birds are often...

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2006-07-17 11:25:00

The Red-crowned Woodpecker, Melanerpes rubricapillus, is a resident breeding bird from southwestern Costa Rica south to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guiana's and Tobago. This woodpecker thrives in forests and semi-open woodland and cultivation. It nests in a hole in a dead tree or large cactus. The clutch is two eggs, incubated by both sexes, which fledge after 31-33 days. Adults are 8 inches long and weigh 1.7 ounces. They have a zebra-barred black and white back and wings and a white rump....

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2006-07-16 21:02:48

The Red-bellied Woodpecker, (Melanerpes carolinus), is a medium-sized woodpecker. Their breeding habitat is deciduous forests found throughout southern Canada and the eastern United States. They are permanent residents but may change location; some birds may wander north. In extreme weather, northern birds may move south. Adults are mainly light gray on the face and underside. They have black and white barred patterns on their back, wings and tail. Adult males have a red cap going from the...

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2006-07-16 20:07:19

The Golden-fronted Woodpecker, (Melanerpes auriferous), is a North American woodpecker. Its preferred habitats are riverbanks and mesquite woodlands in Texas and Oklahoma. Nesting behavior of the golden-fronted is similar to that of the Red-bellied Woodpecker. Tall trees of pecan, oak, and mesquite are the major species used for nesting. Occasionally fence posts, telephone poles, and bird boxes are used. The diet of the golden-fronted woodpecker consists of both insects and vegetable...

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2006-07-16 20:04:59

The Gila Woodpecker, (Melanerpes uropygialis), is a medium-sized woodpecker of the desert regions of the southwestern United States. They range through southeastern California, southern Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Its habitat consists of low desert scrub typical of the Sonora desert. They build nests in holes made in saguaro cacti or mesquite trees. There, they typically lay 3-5 white eggs. The back and wings of this bird are spotted and barred with a black and white zebra-like...

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