nounpl. -·fowls· or -·fowl·
a water bird; esp., any of a family (Anatidae, order Anseriformes) of birds consisting of ducks, geese, and swans
nounpl. waterfowl, or wa·ter·fowls
- A waterbird, especially a swimming bird.
- Swimming game birds, such as ducks and geese, considered as a group.
- Fish abound, as do waterfowl, crocodiles and, in the southern swamps, hippopotami.
- The fauna also is well represented, but tigers which once were frequently seen are now very scarce; panther, hyena, jackal, wild boar, deer (Cervus maral) are common; pheasant, woodcock, ducks, teal, geese and various waterfowl abound; the fisheries are very productive and are leased to a Russian firm.
- Southward, the Danube encircles a vast fen, tenanted only by waterfowl and herds of half-wild swine, while the plain which extends to the north-east and east only grows fertile at some distance inland.
- Waders and waterfowl are far less abundant, and those occurring are nearly all migratory forms which visit the peninsula of India - the only important exception being two kinds of solitary snipe and the red-billed curlew.
- Waterfowl are numerous and the forests of the warm valleys are filled with song-birds and birds of beautiful plumage.