whistling duck

  1. any of several long-legged, chiefly tropical ducks of the genus Dendrocygna, most of which have whistling cries.

Origin of whistling duck

First recorded in 1690–1700

Words Nearby whistling duck

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How to use whistling duck in a sentence

  • We would point to Great Kiskadees and White-Collared Seedeaters and maybe a Black-Bellied whistling duck.

    My Night on the Border | Bryan Curtis | May 25, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • But the whistling duck was a crested one, sir, and you will understand that I deliberated no longer.

    The Magic Skin | Honore de Balzac
  • I have hesitated a long while between the whistling duck, the duck with white eyebrows, and the shoveler duck (anas clypeata).

    The Magic Skin | Honore de Balzac
  • It is very common on most of the Australian creeks and streams, and is called the whistling duck.

  • The whistling duck of the Adelaide River, was also only seen on this part of the Victoria.

  • The Governor had promised, so it was alleged, that the slayer of whistling duck should be punished.

    Toronto of Old | Henry Scadding