Definition of ruddy duck in English:

ruddy duck

Syllabification: rud·dy duck


  • A New World stiff-tailed duck with a broad bill, the male having mainly deep red-brown plumage and white cheeks.
    • Oxyura jamaicensis, family Anatidae
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    • Brightly coloured bushes and flowers carpet the windswept hills, and in every hollow there are lakes or ponds teeming with black-necked swans, upland geese, ruddy ducks and silvery teal.
    • Dr Cuthbert said as the white headed duck's main centre was in Russia, not Spain, there was no proof the ruddy ducks from Britain were responsible for the inter-breeding and that many hybrids died off.
    • Having read the letter by Ajaye Curry regarding the culling of ruddy ducks in Britain, I felt it necessary to reply to put this issue in context.

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