American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Botany Having a pileus.
- adj. Having a crest covering the pileum. Used of a bird.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as pileate.
- In ornithology, crested; having the feathers of the pileum elongated and conspicuous: as, the pileated woodpecker.
- From Latin pīleātus, wearing a pileus, from pīleus, felt cap. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But opponents of the road insist that the planned extension will bring even more traffic into the area, as well as destroy the parkland habitat of wild creatures bellybuttons such as pileated woodpeckers and red-shouldered hawks.”
“There are pileated woodpeckers in some woods I hunt.”
“One call sounded like something from a rain forest soundtrack - was surprised to see it come from a pileated woodpecker.”
“After watching that video I'm glad woodpeckers (except for those giant pileated woodpeckers and the maybe-present-maybe-extinct ivory-billed) are relatively wee little birds.”
“Can't imagine what heron-sized woodpeckers were like, but the call and wing beat of a pileated woodpecker sure sound prehistoric.”
“Mrs. Knap enjoyed birdwatching around her home and was especially fond of seeing cardinals in the snow and pileated woodpeckers.”
“Among the glaring omissions was the pileated woodpecker, a large, handsome red-crested bird whose loud calls resound through our woods.”
“We heard the call of the pileated woodpecker rattling through the trees, as the blue herons took flight to head down stream and fish the best water first.”
“High above, a pileated woodpecker taps on the bark.”
“Get yourself a goose or pileated woodpecker or hawk call, that usually works pretty well.”
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