Red-cockaded Woodpecker Dryobates borealis Vieillot, 1809Extirpated  -  Endangered (Federal)  -  SHB (State historical breeder)  -  Reviewable (MD/DCRC)    Synonyms: Picoides borealis, RCWO.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Aves   >   Order Piciformes   >   Family Picidae   >   Genus Dryobates   

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Red-cockaded Woodpeckers near Pine City, Arkansas (4/2006). A historical nesting species in Maryland, the last known population persisted near Golden Hill in Dorchester Co. until at least 1960. As summarized recently by Phil Davis, "The last accepted Maryland Red-cockaded Woodpecker record was of a pair from May 1974 photographed at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD by Brooke Meanley and Matt Perry. There have also been four subsequent southern Maryland MD reports; two from the late 1970s and two from the 1980s. (These four reports were either not reviewed or were not accepted, but that doesn't mean that some or all of the reports were not valid.)" With a growing population at Piney Grove Preserve in Virginia, less than 100 miles from Maryland, there is much optimism for new records. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)(More of this species)

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