Update: 2 NEWS has received numerous reports of what viewers thought to be the presumed extinct Ivory-billed woodpecker, but experts say it is actually a similar woodpecker that is common in the Miami Valley.
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A Miami Valley resident has reported a sighting of an Ivory-billed woodpecker in Riverside after officials said they would be making a final decision on whether the birds are extinct.
Last week, new video and photographs reportedly showing the rare birds flying in a Louisiana forest were published by researchers.
Now, there has been a potential sighting in Riverside, according to a viewer who submitted a video he recorded from his backyard.
However, state experts tell 2 NEWS that the Ivory-billed woodpecker can be potentially easily mistaken as the common pileated woodpecker.
Pileated woodpeckers have significantly less white in their wings and their tail feathers than the Ivory-billed did, according to the Ohio Department of Wildlife.