Ivory-bill ID Tips, Behavior, History

Getting to know the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

The magnificent Ivory-billed Woodpecker has become a symbol of the bottomland forest wilderness that once extended across the southern United States. The largest woodpecker north of Mexico and the third largest in the world, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker inhabits mature swampy forests, roaming large areas in search of dead and dying trees infested with beetle larvae, its primary food. Ivory-billed Woodpeckers were probably never common, but by the 1930s, nearly all of their habitat had been destroyed. Since then, Ivory-billed Woodpeckers have been on the verge of extinction. To learn more about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, choose from the topics in the list below.