from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The pochard.
  • n. The ruddy duck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pochard; -- called also dunair, and dunker, or dun-curre.
  • n. An American duck; the ruddy duck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common pochard or red-headed duck, Fuligula ferina.
  • n. The ruddy duck, Erismatura ribida.
  • n. The female scaup duck, Fuligula marila.


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dun +‎ bird, from its colour.


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  • Oh, don't sell yourself short--you've reminded me of a slew of terms that were missing from my "bird nicknames" list. I certainly didn't intend to correct you per se, just to ask where you might have seen it as reference to females only. This kind of thing is inordinately interesting to me, you see. :-)

    Anyway, welcome to another lister!

    January 7, 2009

  • To call the sole reference for dunbird I used "general" would probably be quite kind. Your knowledge of the term's usage, reesetee, is better than mine. I've never seen a pochard, and it has been since 1985 since I've seen a bluebill (yes, I have a nascent birding life-list where I keep records of such things). Thanks for guiding me towards honesty and thoroughness!

    January 7, 2009

  • Sure, that makes sense. All I'm saying, though, is that I've never heard dunbird used to refer specifically to female pochards.

    No matter--it's on my list either way, and it reminded me of the many other nicknames for the Ruddy Duck. :-)

    January 7, 2009

  • Perhaps because "dun" also means brown or dull-colored, and females are often less brightly colored than males?

    *notes that this is not true of bears*

    January 7, 2009

  • Just the female? I've only ever heard it as a general nickname for the pochard or Ruddy Duck (male and female).

    January 7, 2009

  • The female pochard is called a dunbird.

    January 7, 2009