Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A widely distributed North American duck (Anas strepera) having gray or brown plumage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A common and widespread dabbling duck which breeds in the northern hemisphere.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large duck (Anas strepera), valued as a game bird, found in the northern parts of Europe and America; -- called also gray duck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The gray duck or gray, Anas strepera or Chaulelasmus streperus, a fresh-water duck of the subfamily Anatinæ and family Anatidæ, abundant in the northern hemisphere.

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In the traditional survey area, several birds that gunners love to cross beads on showed gains, such as gadwall (+2%), canvasbacks (+11%), and scaup (+2%).

    The News from Duckville

  • Flotsam gives shelter to sandflies and other food for the small flocks of wading birds that kept wheeling in like a single organism, landing or taking off on the instant in perfect unison: sandlings, ringed plover, gadwall and dunlin.

    Wildwood

  • During the spring and fall migration periods, extensive use is made of the area by most waterfowl in the mid-Atlantic region, including Canada geese, greenwinged teal, bluewinged teal, gadwall, pintail, wigeon and shoveler.

    Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • Particular importance is attached to black duck, mallard, gadwall, bluewinged teal, wood duck, bobwhite quail, ringnecked pheasant, American woodcock, mourning dove and recently reintroduced turkey, because of their importance as game birds and their occurrence as nesting species in the wetlands and upland fringe.

    Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • GADWALL Population numbers are up, so toss three to five gadwall decoys — or mallard hens — in a cluster near the shore side of your decoy spread to convince "gray ducks" to pitch in.

    Tips, Tactics, and Gear for Beaver Pond Ducks

  • An hour later, we were shooing gadwall and teal out of the decoys as we waited for one last bunch of mallards to fill our mixed-bag limit.

    Great American Duck Hunts

  • As we towed the boats along the shore, we kicked up little bunches of ducks here and there, and the low sun at our backs lit up hundreds of them-mallards, teal, gadwall-flushing at our approach, swirling like multicolored flakes in a snow globe.

    Great American Duck Hunts

  • Be patient: Teal and gadwall fly early, but the main event starts at midmorning when the mallards come back from the fields.

    Great American Duck Hunts

  • In the traditional survey area, gadwall are up 56 percent.

    The News from Duckville

  • The hen wigeon can be confused with the hen gadwall, but the latter's bill is orange-red and its wing lacks the green stripe separating the speculum from the shoulder patch.

    Field Guide: Know Your Waterfowl

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