Definitions

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

  • n. See sheldrake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various waterfowl of the genus Tadorna, native to Eurasia, Africa and Australasia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sheldrake.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as sheldrake, 3.
  • n. The female of the sheldrake.
  • n. The red-breasted merganser, Mergus serrator.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. female sheldrake

Etymologies

shel(drake) + duck1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
sheld variegated + duck. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Three Palaearctic species, golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) breed in the Bale Mountains, their only known breeding sites outside the north temperate zone.

    Ethiopian montane moorlands

  • River bed invertebrates support a diverse birdlife including wrybill Anarhynchus frontalis, paradise shelduck Tadorna variegata, black-billed gull, black-fronted tern Sterna albistriata and banded dotterel Pluvialis obscura.

    Te Wahipounamu (South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area), New Zealand

  • Freshwater wetlands in the South-West support sizable populations of several wetland birds, including grey duck, paradise shelduck Tadorna variegata and shoveler Anas rhynchotis, two species of shag Phalacrocorax spp. and marsh and spotless crake.

    Te Wahipounamu (South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area), New Zealand

  • A subspecies of the critically endangered crested shelduck, called Kuroda's sheldrake Tadorna cristata kuroda, once occurred along the southern coast of Korea.

    Southern Korea evergreen forests

  • The critically endangered crested shelduck Tadorna cristata, once occurred along the Korean Coast.

    Central Korean deciduous forests

  • Yedik─▒r qualifies as an IBA for the large number of ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) that roost there in the non-breeding season.

    Northern Anatolian conifer and deciduous forests

  • The video also showed the tourists shooting a paradise shelduck with a rifle.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson said she was "absolutely outraged" by the clip, which also showed the tourists shooting a paradise shelduck.

    New Zealand Herald - Top Stories

  • The video also showed them shooting a paradise shelduck with a rifle.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • I assume he meant it was laid on Saturday; if the egg hatched at any point in the past he wouldn't be holding it in his hands now, would he? radjah shelduck on April 3, 2010 at 2: 41 PM

    Jihad Monitor

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