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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The tide of sightings of ivory-billed woodpeckers from these remote swamps continues across the South.
The work recounts a search Tanner and his colleagues conducted in the 1930s for the already feared extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the "ghost bird.
Chasing the ghost bird: Science, skepticism, and the ivory-billed woodpecker.
In preparing a book on the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker in Louisiana, Steinberg ran down many of the reported sightings.
Until its rediscovery on the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas of 2004, most people would have said that the ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) was extinct.
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.
During my visit, a video presentation told of the continuing search for the ivory-billed woodpecker in the Big Woods of Arkansas.
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.
No, it wasn't hormones that made her cry, I told her later--unless I was pregnant too, as well as all the other birdwatchers overcome with emotion at the news that the ivory-billed woodpecker wasn't extinct after all.
Like the ivory-billed woodpecker, cardiac murmurs have not gone extinct.