Definition of whistling duck in English:

whistling duck


  • A long-legged duck with an upright stance and a whistling call, often perching on branches.

    Also called tree duck
    • ‘You're likely to see waders as well as a variety of herons, stilts, and even the endangered West Indian whistling duck.’
    • ‘Apart from the ducks already mentioned there were some Bronzewinged Jacanas, Little grebes, Coots, Spotbilled and Lesser whistling ducks.’
    • ‘There are nature sites with viewing platforms overlooking wild iguanas, egrets, West Indian whistling ducks, and many other birds.’
    • ‘Flocks of magpie geese and whistling ducks, startled by the outboard, take to the air shattering the early morning silence with their calls.’
    • ‘Rendezvous Bay stretches for 2 miles, and the nearby salt ponds attract whistling ducks, laughing gulls and other birds.’