ruddy duck


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ruddy duck reddish-brown stiff-tailed duck of North America and northern South America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ruddy duck (Zoöl) an American duck (Erismatura rubida) having a broad bill and a wedge-shaped tail composed of stiff, sharp feathers. The adult male is rich brownish red on the back, sides, and neck, black on the top of the head, nape, wings, and tail, and white on the cheeks. The female and young male are dull brown mixed with blackish on the back; grayish below. Called also dunbird dundiver ruddy diver stifftail spinetail hardhead sleepy duck fool duck spoonbill, etc.
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In literature:

It is undeniably pleasant to be sitting here in the club dining-room sharing a ruddy duck and a bottle of burgundy.
"The Gates of Chance" by Van Tassel Sutphen
The ruddy duck often dives or swims away from danger rather than flying.
"Ducks at a Distance" by Robert W. Hines
Been captured by a gang of Chamber of Commerce men, who are feeding him ruddy duck and terrapin and ten-dollar champagne.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
The only migratory duck I have observed are the common teal and Brahminy or ruddy sheldrake, and these only in pairs.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
And so into the water sprang Ruddy, and straight for the tame ducks he rushed, splashing his way along.
"Rick and Ruddy" by Howard R. Garis
The ruddy duck is known by a number of names such as "wire tail," "dipper," "bullet-head," "buffle-head," etc.
"Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Harry Thom Payne

In news:

James MacGregor of Kelowna, British Columbia, photographed this Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) as it splashed in Shuswap Lake at Salmon Arm, a popular tourist town in south-central British Columbia.
The female ruddy duck looks quite a bit like the winter-plumaged male, except for the dusky line across the light cheek patch that only the female has.