a. & n. from Whistle, v.
Whistling buoy. Naut. See under Buoy. -- Whistling coot Zool., the American black scoter. -- Whistling Dick. Zool. (a) An Australian shrike thrush (Colluricincla Selbii). (b) The song thrush. [Prov. Eng.] -- Whistling duck. Zool. (a) The golden-eye. (b) A tree duck. -- Whistling eagle Zool., a small Australian eagle (Haliastur sphenurus); -- called also whistling hawk, and little swamp eagle. -- Whistling plover. Zool. (a) The golden plover. (b) The black-bellied, or gray, plover. -- Whistling snipe Zool., the American woodcock. -- Whistling swan. Zool. (a) The European whooper swan; -- called also wild swan, and elk. (b) An American swan (Olor columbianus). See under Swan. -- Whistling teal Zool., a tree duck, as Dendrocygna awsuree of India. -- Whistling thrush. Zool. (a) Any one of several species of singing birds of the genus Myiophonus, native of Asia, Australia, and the East Indies. They are generally black, glossed with blue, and have a patch of bright blue on each shoulder. Their note is a loud and clear whistle. (b) The song thrush. [Prov. Eng.]
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