Monday, November 7, 2011
Largest Woodpecker in History Now on Film
Photo courtesy FreeImageFinder.com
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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/imperial.
For more information in addition to the above links, see the website of ScienceDaily.com and BirdLifeInternational.org.