Ivory-billed Woodpecker Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    This was the largest woodpecker in North America north of Mexico. It had a very heavy, straight bill, a fairly long neck, and a short crest.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger than an American Crow, smaller than a Red-tailed Hawk.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 18.1-20.1 in (46-51 cm)
      • Weight: 15.9-20.1 oz (450-570 g)
      • Wingspan: 29.9-31.5 in (76-80 cm)

Regional Differences

A subspecies in Cuba had a slightly smaller bill and more extensive white stripes on the face extending almost to the bill.