Latest Pileated Woodpecker Stories
A new analysis of fuzzy video taken in the swamps of Arkansas casts doubt on the ballyhooed comeback of the ivory-billed woodpecker.
Was it or was it not an ivory-billed woodpecker? Experts are still arguing a year later, while bird fanciers flock to the part of Arkansas where the bird in question was said to have been seen and heard.
Biologists and amateurs toting some of the fanciest gear in Congaree National Park are trying to find the rarest of woodpeckers among some of the nation's tallest and oldest trees.
Nathan Banfield knew he looked like some swamp creature, in head-to-toe forest camouflage with all-over feathery fringe and a camo-mask that revealed nothing but his eyes.
Among ancient cypress swamps, bird experts and wildlife officials searched on Tuesday for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker, focusing on irregularly shaped holes in some of the biggest trees.
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.
Gene Sparling was kayaking when he spotted a large black-and-white bird. It looked like an ivory-billed woodpecker, last spotted in North America 60 years ago. His eyes must be playing tricks, he thought. Maybe it was a common pileated woodpecker.
The Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, is a very large North American woodpecker. It is also known as the Log Cock (Logcock, and, by corruption, Lord God Bird, Good God Bird, or Great God Bird). Adults are mainly black with a red crest and a white line down the sides of the throat. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat and red on the front of the crown. In adult females, these are black. They show white on the wings in flight. The only North American birds of...
The Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus, is a medium-sized woodpecker. Adults are brown with black bars on the back and wings. Their breast and belly are beige with black spots; they have a black neck ring. The tail is dark on top. They show a white rump in flight. There are two variants which were formerly considered separate species: The Yellow-shafted Flicker resides in eastern North America. They are yellow under the tail and underwings and have yellow shafts on their primaries....
The Black Woodpecker, (Dryocopus martius), is a large woodpecker. It lives in mature forest across the northern palearctic*. It is the sole representative of its genus in that region. Its range is expanding in Europe. It does not migrate. The plumage of this crow-sized woodpecker is entirely black apart from the red crest. Its flight is straight, not dipping like other woodpeckers. The nest is a tree-hole into which four or more eggs are laid. *Palearctic is an ecozone....
- To swell, as grain or wood with water.