28 Oct '11, 8am

Uncovered Film Footage Offers Rare Look at Extinct Bird (Video)

Uncovered Film Footage Offers Rare Look at Extinct Bird (Video)

MacaulayLibrary /Video screen capture For over a half-century, all that remained of the Imperial Woodpecker's millennia of evolution on planet Earth were taxidermied museum specimens and drawings in ornithological volumes -- but thanks to the discovery of a rare 16-mm film, the extinct bird flies again. Native to the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico, the woodpecker species is believed to have gone extinct with the complete destruction of its habitat from logging, with nary a sighting after 1956. But experts recently uncovered amateur footage of a female bird taken decades earlier, and with it are getting a final peek into a species likely lost to the world. An 85-second film clip released this week by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers a poignant, fleeting glimpse of what was once the world's largest woodpecker, presumed extinct for decades. The footage was shot by Wil...

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