Definition of stifftail in English:


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(also stiff-tailed duck)


  • A diving duck with a stiff tail of pointed feathers, often held up at an angle.
    • Family Anatidae: four genera, in particular Oxyura, and several species, e.g. the ruddy duck
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    • A couple of years ago, a pair of ruddy duck arrived: small, sexually aggressive stifftail ducks with bright blue bills.
    • Some of his books are technical surveys of groups such as owls, hummingbirds, and stifftail ducks.
    • Modern authors accept that we are dealing with two species of stifftail in Europe.

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