Thankfully Pileated Woodpeckers Aren’t Extinct

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I remember a few years ago there were reports of a possible sighting of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker which was thought to have been extinct. It must be quite a sight to see a 20″ long woodpecker with a 30″ wingspan.

We don’t have any Woodpeckers quite that large in but we do have the which is about 16″ long with a 26″ wingspan. One nice thing about Pileated Woodpeckers is that they are definitely not extinct although you do have to be at the right place and right time to get a good look at them.

I always take time out to watch them when I come across them because you never know if they might become more scarce in the future. Let’s hope not!

Here’s a 30 second video

 

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Larry Nichols

Larry Nichols

Married, I am not a casual weekend birder,-still learning-still making mistakes. I am not a writer or photographer but enjoy blogging about my outdoor adventures. I am currently using a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera, Meopta Meostar 8x42 binoculars, and a vortex spotting scope. The Name Brownstone Birding Blog comes from the fact that I in which Portland has been known for its brownstone quarries for many years. Much of the brownstone used for older buildings in New York came from the town of Portland.

Larry Nichols

Larry Nichols

Married, I am not a casual weekend birder,-still learning-still making mistakes. I am not a writer or photographer but enjoy blogging about my outdoor adventures. I am currently using a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera, Meopta Meostar 8x42 binoculars, and a vortex spotting scope. The Name Brownstone Birding Blog comes from the fact that I in which Portland has been known for its brownstone quarries for many years. Much of the brownstone used for older buildings in New York came from the town of Portland.

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Bruce

There is really no valid comparison regarding abundance between the common and abundant Pileated Woodpecker and the extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker. One is common across mature forest habitats through great parts of Northern America. The other regardless of the so-called sightings in Arkansas and possibly Northern Florida, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is extinct for many years now. To say that the Pileated Woodpecker is going to join the Ivory-billed Woodpecker soon is very misleading. Really, you could say all birds soon will join the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and if that happens, we too, us humans will be extinct as well.