West Indian whistling-duck

noun
variants: or West Indian whistling duck or less commonly West Indian tree duck

Definition of West Indian whistling-duck

:a large, secretive, chiefly brown whistling-duck (Dendrocygna arborea) of the West Indies that is usually active in the evening or early morning
  • The West Indian whistling-duck … is a Caribbean endemic species that is considered endangered throughout its range.
  • —Wendy A. Lee, in The Earliest Inhabitants: The Dynamics of the Jamaican Taíno2006
  • The only duck that breeds in the Cayman Islands is the long-legged West Indian whistling duck … which resembles a goose.
  • —Paris Permenter and John BigleyAdventure Guide to the Cayman Islands2008
  • Rare West Indian tree ducks … and the largest bird sanctuary in the Caribbean attest to our dedication to wildlife preservation.
  • —Lionel A. Hurst, in New York Times10 May 1989

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First Known Use of west indian whistling-duck

1911


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