pileated woodpecker


: a large red-crested North American woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) that is black with white on the face, neck, and undersides of the wings

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An American golden-plover in Winthrop, a pileated woodpecker at the Stony Brook Reservation, a Wilson’s warbler at McLaughlin Woods in the Mission Hill area, and a vesper sparrow at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2022 The page should have shown an American robin and pileated woodpecker. oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2021 There are 23 species native to the United States—from the tiny downy woodpecker that is only a few inches in length, to the giant pileated woodpecker that’s nearly the size of a crow. Outdoor Life, 26 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pileated woodpecker was in 1782

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“Pileated woodpecker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pileated%20woodpecker. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

pileated woodpecker

pi·​le·​at·​ed woodpecker
: a North American woodpecker that is black with a red crest and white on the wings and sides of the neck

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