Definition of dabbling duck in English:

dabbling duck

Syllabification: dab·bling duck
Pronunciation: /ˌdabəliNG ˈdək
 
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noun

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.
More 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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