A running journal of my adventures as a young birder
Friday, February 5, 2010
The First Pileated Woodpecker ever
Scientists have used some sort of pigment analysis to determine the actual coloring of dinosaurs. They studied a feather species called Anchiornis huxleyi, and came up with a black-and-white dinosaur with a feathered red crest. It looks exactly like a prehistory Pileated (or Ivory-billed) Woodpecker. The story, along with a rotating graphic showing it from every angle, is here and here.
Just shows how much like dinosaurs modern birds are.