Definition of tree duck in US English:

tree duck


  • another term for whistling duck
    • ‘Being a tree duck they do fly extremely well, unless pinioned, and will roost at the highest point available.’
    • ‘These ducks are called woodies or tree ducks in some localities because they perch and nest in trees.’
    • ‘Also, teal-season hunters must be cautious not to knock down brightly colored tree ducks on the prairie or mahogany-plumed mottled ducks in the marsh.’
    • ‘It is believed that tree ducks, also referred to as whistling ducks, make up a separate subfamily.’
    • ‘‘We didn't take any tree ducks during that week of regular duck season,’ Tyler said.’