What is an ivory-bill?

What is an ivory-bill? Here are some definitions.

  1. A large North American woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), having a large, sharp, ivory-colored beak. Its general colour is glossy black, with white secondaries, and a white dorsal stripe. The male has a large, scarlet crest.
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Now tourists plan trips to see the ivory-bill before it succumbs.
Since the early 20th century scientists have been trying to prove the ivory-bill woodpecker is extinct, dismissing claims of sightings despite many reports to the contrary.
At the time of Gene's call, I had already been preparing to check out a lead on an ivory-bill sighting in Louisiana.
Recognition of the probability of extinction of the Ivory-bill came nearly simultaneously with the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.
The ivory-bill was a natural denizen of old-growth forests in the southeastern United States and Cuba.

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