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The Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Gustav Mutzel

 Gustav Mutzel

Until February of 2004, the last confirmed sightings of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers were in 1972 in East Texas and Lousiana and in Cuba in 1986.

 

 

 
Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Rex Brasher

Rex Brasher

Ivory-billed Woodpeckers are 19 to 21 inches long. Wings 9.75 to 10.75 inches. Generally glossy blue-black, tail and primaries duller black or less distinct bluish gloss.

 

Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Chester A. Reed

Chester A. Reed

White ends of secondaries, inner primaries, scapulars under wing-coverts, and sometimes on the tips of a few feathers on flanks and rump.

 

 
Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Charles R. Knight

Charles R. Knight

The male Ivory-billed Woodpecker has a long scarlet-red crest with black front. The Female crest is wholly glossy blue-black.

 

 
Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Probably from a US Department of Agriculture Bulletin

Clear lemon-yellow iris.  White, or ivory-white mandible, 2.5 - 2.75 inches.  White nasal plumes.

 

 
Ivory-billed Woodpecker, John L. Ridgway

John L. Ridgway

The Ivory billed Woodpecker lifespan can be up to 15 years.
 

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