ruddy duck

noun

Definition of ruddy duck

: an American duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) with a long tail of stiff feathers, a broad bill, and in the breeding male a brownish-red back and sides and a blue bill

Examples of ruddy duck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Back at the harbor, another small waterbird — an eared grebe — was released alongside the ruddy duck Wednesday. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 But two lucky birds, a ruddy duck and an eared grebe, were released Wednesday after going through rehabilitation at the edge of Huntington Harbour. Alejandra Reyes-velarde Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Ten days later, Sam Christie, a wildlife care specialist from the UC Davis Oiled Wildlife Care Network, lifted the bird — a ruddy duck — from a soft, blue box and placed it at the edge of Huntington Harbour. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The only wildlife confirmed to be affected by the spill so far is a ruddy duck, and is receiving veterinary care, Laughlin said. Veronica Rocha, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 But the US Coast Guard said there was a report of just one ruddy duck that was covered in oil and receiving veterinary care. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Oct. 2021 Two Caspian terns were spotted at Broad Cove in Somerset, and a ruddy duck was tallied in Fall River. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 In Sherborn a red-headed woodpecker and a worm-eating warbler were tallied, and in Waltham a lingering ruddy duck was found at Hardy Pond, and elsewhere in Waltham an alder flycatcher was identified. BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2021 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge: Among reports were four Northern shovelers, a Eurasian wigeon, a ruddy duck, a pectoral sandpiper, three American woodcocks, an Eastern phoebe, and a Lapland longspur. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of ruddy duck

1813, in the meaning defined above

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“Ruddy duck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruddy%20duck. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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