The most famous bird video in the United States—a blurry 4 seconds released last year as evidence that the ivory-billed woodpecker still exists—probably just shows a common pileated woodpecker, argues a team including David Sibley, author of the popular Sibley bird guides.
Oh no, it doesn't, says the Cornell University team that originally identified the bird. John Fitzpatrick and his colleagues stand by their interpretation that the video caught an ivory-billed woodpecker flapping off into the woods.
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