red-cockaded woodpecker

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 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. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Endangered Species Act at work in protecting butterflies at Fort Bragg’s artillery range," 19 Nov. 2019 Scientists studying the red-cockaded woodpecker in Georgia forests said the rare bird is making a comeback. USA TODAY, "Massive pumpkin, runaway emu, 38-year-old penguin dies: News from around our 50 states," 21 Oct. 2019 Hurricane Hugo in 1989 brought Category 5 winds to the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina that knocked down the old growth nesting trees of the red-cockaded woodpecker. James Gorman, New York Times, "Hurricanes May Kill Some Birds, but Humans Are the Real Threat," 17 Sep. 2019 Both Florida Trail and Mount Carrie Wayside are short loop trails and a favorite for bird watchers seeking the red-cockaded woodpeckers. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Columbia County: Finding the great outdoors in Osceola National Forest," 7 May 2018 The preserve represents the largest single piece of Florida panther habitat,as well as important habitat for a wide range of other species, including red-cockaded woodpeckers, wading birds, bobcats, deer and alligators. David Fleshler,, "Oil search resumes at Big Cypress," 12 Apr. 2018 As for the bird count in Jones State Forest, organizers were delighted with sightings of several red-cockaded woodpeckers, according to Debbie Layer, who led the bird count in the forest. John S. Marshall, Houston Chronicle, "Birds not usually seen locally spotted during annual Audubon bird count," 28 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of red-cockaded woodpecker

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Red-cockaded woodpecker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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