It’s Not Called The Ornithologist

The current issue of The Economist offers the following lead:

The ivory-billed woodpecker is not large, as birds go. It is about the size of a crow, but flashier.

As birds go, crows are generally regarded as large. The ivory-billed woodpecker can be more than half a yard long, and more than a pound in weight. That’s smaller than most hawks, eagles, and waterfowl, but gigantic by normal avian standards. Amid New York city birdlife, it would be 15 times bigger than the house sparrows, about It’s Not Called The Ornithologist