The Last Confirmed Sighting Of The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Was In 1944, But Experts Are Still Debating Whether This Bird Species Is Truly Extinct

They were particularly fond of untouched forests in lowland swamps. They often foraged together for beetle larvae and other insects.

In the spring, they would pair off and raise one to four young chicks in a tree hollow they excavated themselves.

A similar-looking species may be responsible for all the possible sightings that continue to be reported in the U.S.

Pileated woodpeckers may be smaller than ivory-billed woodpeckers, but they’re still relatively big, and they share the same red crests and white-striped necks that are characteristic of the ivory-billed woodpecker. They are also pretty common in forested areas across North America.

In the latest study, the scientists from the National Aviary gathered a plethora of evidence over the past decade, including visual observations, audio files, photographs, and drone videos.

The findings suggest that multiple birds displaying behaviors consistent with that of the ivory-billed woodpecker repeatedly made appearances in the hardwood forests of Louisiana.

Even with all the data from the study, many experts remain skeptical of the birds’ existence. And the debate of whether the ivory-billed woodpecker is dead persists.

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