Since the year 1956, this spectacular bird has not been seen in
Of great significance to the story of the Imperial Woodpecker is the recent discovery of forgotten footage -the William L. Rhein film from 1956- which captured several birds foraging in their native habitat in the state of Durango. Ironically, this was the last year that the birds were recorded in the wild and they have not been seen since. Their disappearance -like that of their counterpart the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker- was a great disappointment and mystery to naturalists and ornithologists across the world, who -in the years prior to the discovery of this footage- had previously believed that the species vanished without ever being filmed or recorded on audio. Here is the William L. Rhein footage embedded below.