ivory-billed woodpecker


Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

i·vo·ry-billed woodpecker

 (ī′və-rē-bĭld′, īv′rē-)
n.
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


n.
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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
References in periodicals archive ?
The tide of sightings of ivory-billed woodpeckers from these remote swamps continues across the South.
Chasing the ghost bird: Science, skepticism, and the ivory-billed woodpecker. Skeptical Inquirer, (34)3, 32-34.
In bogus interviews with an Arkansas mayor, sheriff and pastor, the latter claims that the apparent return of the ivory-billed woodpecker after six decades is the answer to a dying town's prayers.
THE SOURCE: "Bottomland Ghost: Southern Encounters and Obsessions With the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker" by Michael K.
WHEN Emily Dickinson wrote "Hope is the thing with feathers," we can be sure that she was not talking about the ivory-billed woodpecker. But "hope" has become an operative word in the current drama about this creature.
The bird had large white patches on the trailing edges of its wings and a vee of white stripes on its back--characteristic features of the ivory-billed woodpecker, last seen in the United States 60 years before and widely believed to be extinct.
Last April, scientists announced that an ivory-billed woodpecker, last seen in 1944, had been spotted in an Arkansas swamp forest on more than eight occasions.
Reports that the ivory-billed woodpecker, long thought to be extinct, is still with us thrilled bird watchers and others, but this sort of second chance seldom occurs in nature.
As a child in the 1970s, I dreamed of being the first person to discover that the ivory-billed woodpecker was not really extinct.
Like the ivory-billed woodpecker, cardiac murmurs have not gone extinct.
THE GRAIL BIRD: HOT ON THE TRAIL OF THE IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER provides their adventures and their personal observation by two qualified observers who could verify their find.
The ivory-billed woodpecker, long feared extinct, was seen in a remote part of Arkansas 60 years after the last confirmed U.S.