U.S. Declares Woody Woodpecker Extinct

Woody Woodpecker no longer exists according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Woody Woodpecker is an iconic American cartoon character. He first debuted in the early 1940s, becoming the official mascot of Universal Studios along the way.

In multiple cartoons starring Woody, he’s identified as a “Campephilus principalis.” More casually known as an ivory-billed woodpecker. But even by the time, Woody hit the big time, and the ivory-bill was already in trouble.


Officials with the United States government have decided that the ivory-billed woodpecker has sadly gone extinct. As such, they’ve motioned for it to be removed from the Endangered Species List.

Stories from Blasting News and ZME Science.

The [claimed extinct] species include the ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), Bachman’s warbler (Vermivora bachmanii), two species of freshwater fishes, eight species of Southeastern freshwater mussels, and 11 species from Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, like the Maui akepa (Loxops ochraceus) and Molokai creeper (Paroreomyza flammea).

Hat tip to Ivory-billed Woodpecker for the Woody images above.

© Walter Lantz