Definition of wildfowl in US English:


plural noun

  • Game birds, especially aquatic ones; waterfowl.

    ‘the flooded areas provided abundant fish and wildfowl which could be hunted’
    • ‘Ruddy ducks, which many say are not edible, were brought into Britain from American in 1950 and escaped into the wild from wildfowl collections.’
    • ‘The Norfolk coast, renowned for its wealth of wintering wildfowl and waders, continues to attract parties of ever-elusive and enigmatic shorelarks.’
    • ‘Low tide reveals mile upon mile of sandy beaches and mudflats that provide rich pickings for the thousands of wading birds and wildfowl from neighbouring Leighton Moss and other parts of the bay.’
    • ‘Walkers will be on the lookout for birds such as short-eared owls, winter wildfowl and the elusive hen harrier.’
    • ‘The website provides students with a guide to the number of moorhens, mallards, coots and other wildfowl to be found on streams, ponds and other stretches of water near their chosen university.’
    • ‘This development attracts passage migrant waders, nesting lapwing and redshank together with winter wildfowl.’
    • ‘They came to fetch birch bark for their canoes, chase wildfowl, fish salmons and sturgeons, but above all to catch the phenomenal quantities of eels that they smoked and stocked up for winter.’
    • ‘It is known as a wintering site for whooper swans, which arrive from Iceland, and wildfowl such as widgeon, teal and mallard.’
    • ‘No wonder the North Kent Marshes is the winter home of an estimated 200,000 wildfowl and waders and that its biodiversity is regarded as being of international importance.’
    • ‘Wintering birds on the pond itself include Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Water Rail, Snipe and Pintail, with many of the wildfowl species staying on to breed.’
    • ‘In addition, I have several subsidiary areas of interest, including, not surprisingly, wildfowl, and also mountaineering and political biographies.’
    • ‘If oil entered the lagoons, damage to fish spawning grounds, wildfowl habitat and local commercial and subsistence enterprises could be, literally, incalculable.’
    • ‘Many thousands of wintering wildfowl feed and roost among the country's estuaries and salt marshes.’
    • ‘The estuaries and salt marshes of the Solway Firth, in southwest Scotland, are feeding and roosting grounds for many thousands of wintering wildfowl.’
    • ‘Migratory wildfowl, notably wild ducks, are carriers of the viruses, but are unlikely to develop an infection.’
    • ‘A network of tracks lead to places where waders and wildfowl can be seen in their thousands, where buzzards ‘sky dance’ and where puffins, razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes jostle for space.’
    • ‘Some of the wildfowl known as ruddy ducks tend to fly to Spain for the winter and then stay on for the spring mating season.’
    • ‘Where possible the river is now allowed to flood in winter, creating water meadows that attract many different wildfowl.’
    • ‘Their account of their explorations, which were of a place that was cool and teeming with game and wildfowl, stoked the interest of the boss.’
    • ‘The ducks are among hundreds of wildfowl, including moorhens, coots and Canada geese based at the university, which is famed for its natural habitat.’
    prey, victim
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