Definition of dabbling duck in English:

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dabbling duck

Pronunciation: /ˌdabəliNG ˈdək/


A freshwater duck that typically feeds in shallow water by dabbling and upending, such as the mallard, teal, shoveler, and pintail. Compare with diving duck.
  • Tribe Anatini, family Anatidae: genus Anas (numerous species), and perhaps some other genera.
Example sentences
  • The smallest dabbling duck, the Green-winged Teal is smaller and more compact than other teals and has a round head and narrow bill.
  • The migration or feeding behavior of dabbling ducks could at least partially explain the spread of the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
  • American Wigeons are commonly found grazing on land, but also spend more time than other dabbling ducks in deep water.

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Syllabification: dab·bling duck

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