Bird Feeding Tips
Tips on attracting and feeding backyard birds.
Is it “PIE” or “PIL”?
What is the correct pronunciation of “pileated” as in the woodpecker name?
PIE-lee-ated is the preferred pronunciation, but PIL-ee-ated” is also just fine. How’s that for coming down on both sides of the issue? There’s likely to be some other fine regional versions too! I personally love pies so it’s easy for me to remember as “PIE” for me. Ornithologists are undecided about many things so why not a little word pronunciation as well?
By the way, the Latin word pileatus, which means “capped” or “crested”, refers to this bird’s impressive red crest. A gorgeous bird, no matter how you say it.