ivory-billed woodpecker

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i·vo·ry-billed woodpecker

 (ī′və-rē-bĭld′, īv′rē-)
A large, possibly extinct woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) of the southern United States and Cuba, having black plumage, white wing patches, an ivory-colored bill, and a bright red crest in the male. Also called ivorybill.

i′vory-billed` wood′pecker

a large black-and-white woodpecker, Campephilus principalis, of the southern U.S. and Cuba: close to extinction. Also called i′vory-bill`.
[1805–15, Amer.]
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Noun1.ivory-billed woodpecker - large black-and-white woodpecker of southern United States and Cuba having an ivory billivory-billed woodpecker - large black-and-white woodpecker of southern United States and Cuba having an ivory bill; nearly extinct
peckerwood, woodpecker, pecker - bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects
Campephilus, genus Campephilus - a genus of Picidae
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Chapter topics change randomly from the extinction of the ivory-bill, to a general Native view of the earth and environment, to a chili recipe (I assumed this was an attempt at humor), to a critical analysis of John Mohawk's Utopian Legacies (1999).
So when a team of scientists declared in 2005 that they had laid eyes on an ivory-bill in eastern Arkansas, and produced a fuzzy 11-second video as evidence, there was much rejoicing about this "official" sighting.
In fact, the ivory-bill has been called the "Lord God Bird" because observers were moved to exclaim, "Lord God, look at that bird
Since the early 20th century scientists have been trying to prove the ivory-bill woodpecker is extinct, dismissing claims of sightings despite many reports to the contrary.
Like, when producers for NPR's ``All Things Considered'' asked the 30-year-old eclectic folk singer to write a song about the ivory-bill woodpecker - the bird thought to be extinct for the last 50 years until it was recently spotted in an Arkansas swamp - he jumped at the chance, handing over ``The Lord God Bird.
A few months later, another Cornell researcher shot a fuzzy video of an ivory-bill, and the distinguished journal Science made it official.
But then, in the late 19th century, thousands of acres of woodland were cleared for logging and agriculture and, surprise, surprise, the numbers fell dramatically until conservationists assumed that the ivory-bill had become the sixth American bird to vanish in the wild since 1880.
Editor in chief of Living Bird, the flagship publication of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Tim Gallagher is a man who couldn't (and wouldn't) accept the idea that the ivory-bill was gone forever.
like the ivory-bill there will be unconfirmed sightings and distant
Rediscovery of the "Grail Bird" (as the ivory-bill is known) has generated tremendous excitement at the Lab of O.
The ivory-bill was a natural denizen of old-growth forests in the southeastern United States and Cuba.