Royal Woodpecker in Cuba

To: "Bill Jolly" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Royal Woodpecker in Cuba
From: Ronald Orenstein <>
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 08:06:40 -0400
At 05:52 PM 10/09/00 +1000, Bill Jolly wrote:
FYI - A Cuba Radio update just to hand, which I know will be of interest to

A few notes about this: "Royal Woodpecker" is, I presume, a translation of the Spanish "carpintero real". In English the species is called the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis). It was last known from the Oriente Mountains of eastern Cuba (the race C. p. bairdi), though unconfirmed reports of its survival crop up now and then in the US (nominate race) - rather like thylacines or Paradise Parrots!

Havana, September 6 (RHC)-- An expedition of Cuban scientists will
travel to the eastern provinces of Guantanamo and Holguin to search
for the Royal Woodpecker which is in danger of extinction.  The last
time the woodpecker was seen in the area was in 1986.....

I have no idea what the following refers to - as far as I know no new species of bird of any kind has been discovered in Cuba for years and the resident woodpeckers (the Ivory-bill excepted) are well-known, though one species, Fernandina's Flicker, has given cause for conservation concern.

Four similar expeditions have led to the discovery of various new
species of woodpecker, which were once thought to have disappeared.

Ronald I. Orenstein                           Phone: (905) 820-7886
International Wildlife Coalition              Fax/Modem: (905) 569-0116
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