Latest Pileated Woodpecker Stories

2006-03-17 14:30:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new analysis of fuzzy video taken in the swamps of Arkansas casts doubt on the ballyhooed comeback of the ivory-billed woodpecker, four bird experts wrote in Friday's edition of the journal Science. But another team, including the man who made the video, disputed the doubters. At the heart of the disagreement is whether the video shows an ivory-billed woodpecker or the more common pileated woodpecker, which are of comparable size but have...

2006-03-16 17:05:00

WASHINGTON -- 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. The issue takes wing again in the Friday's issue of the journal Science, with one set of researchers arguing that the bird videotaped last year was probably a common pileated woodpecker and another group stoutly defending the identification as an ivory-bill. It's an...

2006-03-07 07:34:37

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - 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. No one has seen an ivory-billed woodpecker around here since 1930s, but avid birders aren't about to stop looking. In December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's South Carolina office got $75,000 to perform the first scientific search for the ivory bill outside Arkansas, where a Cache...

2005-12-14 02:10:00

By Deborah Zabarenko HICKSON LAKE, Arkansas -- 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. This is what you wear when your job is to search for the ivory-billed woodpecker, perhaps the only species in U.S. history to come back from presumed extinction. The ivory bill woodpecker was believed extinct for 60 years until a positive sighting in February 2004 in an...

2005-12-13 18:15:00

By Deborah Zabarenko BAYOU de VIEW, Arkansas -- 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. "These would be C holes," said Ron Rohrbaugh, an ornithologist at Cornell University who is one of the leading scientists in the search for the bird that was previously presumed extinct. Rohrbaugh noted that possible ivory-billed woodpecker nesting...

2005-08-26 19:08:55

ITHACA, N.Y. -- 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. The video, blurry because the recorder was on auto focus, was the main piece of evidence featured online in an April 25 Science Express paper claiming the rediscovery of the woodpecker, once thought to be extinct. While skeptics have refuted the video, claiming...

2005-04-29 17:00:38

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- 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. "As a young birder, I used to dream of finding a lost colony of ivory-billed woodpeckers. It was just too miraculous to imagine," Sparling said Thursday after a news conference in Washington where he joined federal...

Latest Pileated Woodpecker Reference Libraries

2006-07-17 14:10:11

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...

2006-07-17 14:02:24

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....

2006-06-30 14:37:49

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....

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