One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ducks, geese, or other large aquatic birds, especially when regarded as game.
- ‘The central feature of the refuge, however, is the diversity and abundance of waterfowl and prairie birds.’
- ‘Large birds including ptarmigan and waterfowl are the most common prey item of the Gyrfalcon.’
- ‘Big, bold, and fiercely territorial, these birds dominate all other waterfowl in their domains.’
- ‘The green central island is inhabited by ducks, cormorants, Canada geese and other territorial waterfowl.’
- ‘The most abundant and widespread of all waterfowl, the mallard is also the most hunted game bird.’
- ‘Their dams help to maintain water levels in forest streams, thus providing habitat for themselves, fish, and waterfowl.’
- ‘We saw lots of waterfowl, mostly Canada geese and mallards with the odd Gadwall.’
- ‘Another new duck for us was the exquisite Harlequin Duck, a waterfowl rarely spotted close to shore.’
- ‘These are only a few of many places to try your hand with waterfowl.’
- ‘And practiced duck hunters occasionally kill waterfowl over 80 yards away with a 12 gauge shotgun.’
- ‘The total population of seabirds, waterfowl, and shorebirds may exceed a million birds.’
- ‘Now that late fall has settled in, waterfowl are the main attraction.’
- ‘The black-headed duck most often parasitizes other waterfowl and marsh-nesting birds.’
- ‘We were baffled by a waterfowl just like this one back in September.’
- ‘A modest duck pond becomes exciting when one realizes that not all waterfowl are Mallards and Canada Geese.’
- ‘Clinically normal waterfowl and sea birds may introduce the virus into flocks.’
- ‘Birders generally watch shorebirds in summer, raptors in autumn, and waterfowl in winter.’
- ‘Among waterfowl, the Canada Goose is the least loved, especially by golfers.’
- ‘Habitat seemed the next best criterion to search by, since many waterfowl shy away from inland bodies of water.’
- ‘The actual impact of Mute Swans on native waterfowl and their habitats in North America is poorly known.’
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