Because of the interest generated by the recent unconfirmed ivory-billed woodpecker sighting on the Pearl River WMA, we are offering these tips to help observers distinguish the extremely rare ivory-bill from the similar, but fairly common, pileated woodpecker.
|Ivory-Billed Woodpecker||Pileated Woodpecker|
|Large white patch on back of bird perched||Back of bird perched with wings folded is almost all black|
|Upper surface of wings in flight has large white area on trailing edge||Upper surface of wings in flight is mostly black|
|Under surface of wings in flight has white area on leading edge and large white area on the trailing edge seperated by black down the middle of each wing||Under surface of wings in flight has large white area on the leading edge only|
|Beak is off-white||Beak is gray|
|Crest of female is all black||Crest of female is mostly red|
|Bird flies straight||Bird flies with an undulating pattern|