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dab·bling duck

Any of various ducks, chiefly of the genus Anas, including the mallards, teals, and shovelers, that feed by dabbling in shallow water and are favored as game birds.
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dab′bling duck′

any shallow-water duck, esp. of the genus Anas, that feeds by upending and dabbling (contrasted with diving duck).
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Noun1.dabbling duck - any of numerous shallow-water ducks that feed by upending and dabblingdabbling duck - any of numerous shallow-water ducks that feed by upending and dabbling
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
diving duck - any of various ducks of especially bays and estuaries that dive for their food
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Wigeon are dabbling ducks. They are plant eaters and so they will be hoping we don't get much snow this winter, or face a long spell with frozen lakes.
Dabbling ducks cackled garrulously among frozen reeds, a grey heron stood stock-still by a stream side.
Eagle prey species include: (1) dabbling ducks: American Wigeon (Anas americana), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), and Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca); (2) diving ducks: Scaup (Aythya marila and A.
However, in the future it may be possible to use it as a model species for southern dabbling ducks. Among the remaining species, tufted duck Aythya fuligula and northern shoveler prefer very eutrophic lakes for breeding (Kauppinen 1993), and thus do not meet the habitat generalist criterion.
Published studies suggested that the prevalence of influenza virus varies among different bird species (most frequently isolated from dabbling ducks including mallards) and that there are also geographical and temporal variations [5-7].
Death counts among diving ducks (including tufted ducks) were >2,000 times higher than average during November 2016-January 2017, and the relative prevalence of deaths substantially increased (4-177 times) for dabbling ducks, herons, geese, swans, and corvids.
Diving ducks and sea ducks have sturdy legs positioned back on their body, closer to the tail than the legs of dabbling ducks. Diving ducks also have a lobed hallux.
Of the 40 species, there were nine species of shorebirds, seven dabbling ducks, five diving ducks, four waders, three gulls, and two "geese" (one was light geese, which includes Snow and Ross' Geese), in addition to Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis), American Coot (Fulica americana), White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchus), Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus), Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus), Sandhill Crane, Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), and two species that could not be identified (one dabbling duck and one sandpiper).
Phylogeny and biogeography of dabbling ducks (Genus: Anas): A comparison of molecular and morphological evidence.
While swans, geese and dabbling ducks kept us company for much of the way that day, the high-pitched cries of parakeets filled the skies.