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diving duck

any of numerous ducks, common in coastal bays and river mouths, that typically dive from the water's surface for their food (contrasted with dabbling duck).
Origin of diving duck
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Each diving duck species appears to fill a unique foraging niche, although there is much overlap of selected prey.
  • Northern pintail, mallards, and a variety of diving duck species follow shortly thereafter.
  • Northern pintails, mallards, and a variety of diving duck species follow shortly thereafter.
  • So this diving duck can stay underwater longer in search of fish food.
  • diving duck populations in relation to their food supplies pp.
  • diving duck use was influenced more by disturbance than that by dabbling ducks.
  • The primary factor limiting diving duck use of feeding areas was disturbance.
British Dictionary definitions for diving duck

diving duck

any of various ducks, such as the pochard, scaup, redhead, and canvasback, that inhabit bays, estuaries, lakes, etc, and can dive and swim beneath the surface of the water
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