Updated September, 2011
Follow the Ivory-billed Woodpecker search - updates at the Ivorybill Researcher's Forum below
The Ivory-billed Woodpecker remains extremely rare and elusive. The 2010-2011 search season continues with high hopes that Ivorybills may be studied in several areas of the southeast. While a good quality photo or video has yet to be obtained, various groups continue to report Ivory-billed Woodpecker sightings in this, the 7th consecutive year of organized searches. In the past few years, 2 separate areas of Louisiana have produced multiple sightings, while the Florida and Arkansas sightings appear to have diminished. This leads us to believe the Ivorybills are continuing to do what they may have always done - move great distances in search of finding food. This makes difficult field work even more challenging. Considering the limited resources available and the cost of searching, it may be quite some time before a clear video or photo is taken primarily due to the nature of the habitat.
Latest updates at the Ivorybill Researcher's Forum:
Fleeing Pileated Woodpecker Videos Useful for IBWO Searchers
If you're looking for the Ivorybill, you will be seeing many Pileated Woodpeckers. Knowing the flight and color pattern of this relatively common species can help with field identification. Download the 1st video
The first video shows a series of flights taken with an old analog camcorder and converted to digital. The second and third are individual flights taken with a Canon digital camcorder and contain much more information. None of the videos have been deinterlaced. If you look at the two most recent videos frame by frame or at a slow speed you can see that:
- Viewed from behind, flying Pileated woodpeckers almost always show the black trailing edge of the underwing, but also some white in specific places.
- After the initial launch from a tree Pileated Woodpeckers pull their wings into the body after the downstroke. This gives them an undulating flight pattern and slower wingbeats than if they flapped continuously. In level flight this makes for a pause in flapping where the bird with folded wings appears as a dark projectile between the upstroke and downstroke.
-Pileated woodpeckers often flare their wings upward when frightened from their perch, thereby showing the white underwing linings. Download the 2nd video
The much studied Luneau Video of a lone Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas in 2005 caused a cosmic shift in the birding and natural worlds. The bird in the Luneau video displays a different flight pattern, has faster wingbeats, and displays much more white than Pileated Woodpeckers, in different places that characterize the bird as an Ivorybill.
A big thanks to Dave for the work he put in preparing these videos! Download the 3rd video
January 2007 (Cornell Volunteer Program)
December 2006 (5 page article)
March 2006 (2 page article)
February 2006 (1 page article)
January 2006 (2 page article)
November 2005 (3 page article)
May 2005 (2 page article)
Cuba 2003 (2 page article)
February 2001 (2 page article)
Updated January 2011: Top Ivory-billed Woodpecker Links
The leading forum for Ivorybill searchers including the latest field updates and news from the southeast
David Luneau's Ivorybill site with lots of data on the IBWO as well as his searches
One of the most up to date sources of Ivorybill news on the internet: Ivorybills-Live
Cornell University's Ivorybill Homepage
Fish and Wildlife Service Ivorybill Page
Fish and Wildlife Service info
Mary Scott's venerable website, in operation from before the 2004 announcement
Laura Erickson's web blog
The controversial Lowery article with the photo of 1971
George Fred Collins' report from Texas 1970
LSU publication links (see images below):