red-cockaded woodpecker

noun
red-cock·​ad·​ed woodpecker

Definition of red-cockaded woodpecker

: an endangered chiefly black-and-white woodpecker (Picoides borealis) of the southeastern U.S. having a barred back, white cheek patches, and in the male a small tuft of red feathers on each side of the head

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Recent Examples on the Web But the shining example may be the red-cockaded woodpecker, now endangered, but recovering strongly because of controlled burns and nest boxes. National Geographic, "Who thought flying squirrels would make good pets?," 17 Sep. 2020 The red-cockaded woodpecker is largely dependent on longleaf pine forests, which are declining — only 3% remain. National Geographic, "How wildfires have helped these woodpeckers make a comeback," 17 Sep. 2020 The forests are home to a number of Alabama’s endangered or threatened species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker and the eastern indigo snake. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Trump administration proposes removing woodpecker from endangered list," 25 Sep. 2020 By 1970, their numbers had fallen from nearly two million to no more than 10,000, prompting the United States Department of the Interior to add the red-cockaded woodpecker to the fledgling federal Endangered Species List. National Geographic, "How wildfires have helped these woodpeckers make a comeback," 17 Sep. 2020 Another species found at Fort Bragg — the red-cockaded woodpecker — is a case of success but at a cost of $408 million over 19 years. Washington Post, "Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work," 3 Dec. 2019 Another species found at Fort Bragg — the red-cockaded woodpecker — is a case of success but at a cost of $408 million over 19 years. Washington Post, "Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work," 3 Dec. 2019 Another species found at Fort Bragg — the red-cockaded woodpecker — is a case of success but at a cost of $408 million over 19 years. Washington Post, "Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work," 3 Dec. 2019 Another species found at Fort Bragg — the red-cockaded woodpecker — is a case of success but at a cost of $408 million over 19 years. Washington Post, "Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work," 3 Dec. 2019

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1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Red-cockaded woodpecker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red-cockaded%20woodpecker. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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