Sunday, March 25, 2012

Campephilus principalis, in few words.


Back from extinction

The Ivory-billed got an episode in "Assignment Earth" (nowadays, "This American Land"), it is called "Back from extinction".

Check out the video:

"With bits of evidence, researchers are convinced ivory-billed woodpeckers are not extinct and will soon be found in the swamps of northern Florida."

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Woody Woodpecker

This character was created in the 40s and seems to represent a generic woodpecker, but in the episode "Dumb like a fox" a museum offers a reward of $ 25 for those who capture a "Campephilus principalis," which is the scientific name of Ivory-billed ! 
Some people believe that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker will become extinct, however, it will be immortalized by the Woody Woodpecker.


The King of Woodpeckers

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Scientific name
Known as Ivory-billed Woodpecker, its oficial name is Campephilus principalis,it is in the Animalia Kingdom, Chordata Phylum, aves class, piciformes order and Picidae family.

Habitas and habits
The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is a bird almost extinct, it’s a bird which has blue, white and black plumage (female) and a red head (male). It usually lives in the Southern United States (some subspecies were found in Cuba), where there are hardwood swamps and pine forests that have dead and decaying trees. Through the times the Ivory-billed moved to other places like North Carolina and Florida. This woodpecker eats larvae of beetles, seed, fruits and small insects.

Why are they endangered?
This animal is critically endangered and probably it will be extinct in few years, its last appearance was in 2004, Arkansas. The biggest number of Ivory-billed Woodpecker was between 1940 and 1950, nowadays, it is almost disappearing, because of the habitat destruction (this fact happened especially during the American Civil War) and the hunting.

How many are still alive?
The number of these woodpeckers is uncertain, because of this, many people believe that it is already extinct. There are rewards for who finds one. Ivory-billed or some information about it.

Actions taken by organizations to protect it
After its last appearance, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is looking for other of this woodpecker, their strategy is to take care of the animal’s habitat and to invest in experts who have a chance of to find specimes.