Definition of garganey in English:



  • A small Eurasian duck, the male of which has a dark brown head with a white stripe from the eye to the neck.

    • ‘But finding the garganey is for Fabian ‘luck like no other I had ever had, or have had since.’’
    • ‘A good number of duck species such as dabchicks, garganey, pin-tailed, lesser whistling teal and shovellers arrive at the Appalangulam tank located inside the Guindy National Park.’
    • ‘Bird species like garganey, gadwall, mallard, shoveller, pintail and wigeon use the lake in transit.’
    • ‘On the other hand, it could be something rare like a garganey, falcated teal or an emperor goose.’
    • ‘For every obvious crossbill, razorbill, greenfinch, woodpecker, warbler, treecreeper, swift or flycatcher there is a mysterious wigeon, garganey, gadwall, bittern, siskin, pipit, shrike or twite.’
    • ‘At Vedanthangal one can sight glossy and white ibis, painted storks, grey pelicans, shovellors, garganey, whistling teals, Indian moorhen and dabchicks, says K. Murugan, who briefs visitors on the bird species.’


Mid 17th century: from Italian dialect garganei, of imitative origin.