Monday, November 7, 2011

Largest Woodpecker in History Now on Film

Pileated Woodpecker
Photo courtesy

It is believed that the Imperial Woodpecker, the largest woodpecker in history, became extinct in the late 1900's and had never been photographed or filmed.  A 16mm film shot by Pennsylvania Dentist William L. Rhein in 1956 has been discovered and is now being analyzed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which has one of my favorite websites about birds.  The film can been seen at

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