(pī′lē-ā′tĭd) also pi·le·ate (-ĭt)
1. Botany Having a pileus.
2. Having a crest covering the pileum. Used of a bird.

[From Latin pīleātus, wearing a pileus, from pīleus, felt cap.]
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(ˈpaɪ liˌeɪ tɪd, ˈpɪl i-)

adj. Ornith.
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- Etymologically means "capped," like a mushroom, but now refers to a bird with a crest on the top of the head from the bill to the nape.
See also related terms for mushroom.
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"Not according to the pileated woodpecker," Linda countered.
Gray squirrels chattered, and pileated woodpeckers rat-tat-tat-tatted on hardwood bark.
When they aren't riding, guests can soak in a hot springs pool, shoot hoops in the barn, or join Jerry Baker, the family naturalist, on a birding hike to look for pileated woodpeckers, Western tan-agers, and dozens of other species.
The C&O also attracts birdwatchers, who have spotted green herons, wood ducks, pileated woodpeckers, and many other species.
Because Shasta Costa lies between two wilderness areas, the Wild Rogue and the Kalmiopsis, foresters maped corridors to allow animals such as the pine marten and pileated woodpecker to migrate between the two.
Morton Arboretum produced blue grosbeak, lark sparrow and pileated woodpecker.
At up to an inch and a half in length, this larger beetle, whose huge wood-boring larva would make a fine meal for a chisel-beaked bird like a pileated woodpecker, might just as easily frighten away the same predator.
Threatened and sensitive species known to exist in the headwaters include rare plants (aster vialis and cimicifuga elata), red-legged frogs and pileated woodpeckers.
While hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or eating a picnic lunch, watch for Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, loggerhead shrikes, pileated woodpeckers, Seminole bats, and spotted salamanders.
The bird is too big to be a pileated woodpecker but falls into the range of museum specimens of ivory-billed woodpeckers, the team says.
Hunter/naturalists who pause to watch a pileated woodpecker might not mesh with guys whose can positively identify only chickens, chicken hawks, turkeys and "dickey birds."