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The American wigeon (in allusion to its white-crowned head).
- ‘Examples of dabbling ducks are the mallards, cinnamon teals, shovellers, green and blue-winged teals, pintails, black ducks, baldpates and gadwalls.’
- ‘American Wigeons dominate the marsh this season; their creamy-white crowns are suggestive of their nickname: baldpates.’
- ‘They arrived in Omaha last night from Bancroft, where they had a remarkable three days’ shoot on widgeon and baldpates.’
- ‘A winter census of a lake in Arizona may include a thousand coots, a thousand gadwalls, a thousand baldpates, and assorted other species in lesser numbers.’
- ‘Recent changes in the distribution of waterfowl species have been noted, such as a decrease of baldpates and swans, and a concomitant rapid increase of pintails.’
- ‘Arctic terns, Mew gulls, scaup, shoveler, buffleheads, baldpates, yellow legs and various passerines were observed.’
- ‘There is every probability that these missiles land on parked cars and windows, if not on baldpates.’
- ‘The plumages of hand-reared mallards, baldpates, blue-winged teal, shovellers and ring-necked ducks develop more slowly although pintails, redheads and canvasbacks appear similar.’
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