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 American Wigeon (Anas americana)




American Wigeon | Anas americana photo
American Wigeon (Female), Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Ladner, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

American Wigeon | Anas americana photo
American Wigeon (Female), Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Ladner, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

American Wigeon | Anas americana photo
American Wigeon (Male), Laguna Madre Nature Trail, South Padre Island, Texas

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

American Wigeon | Anas americana photo
American Wigeon (Male), Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve, Near San Diego, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

AMERICAN WIGEON FACTS

Description
The male has pinkish brown body with white or cream forehead and dark-green patch from behind the eye to the neck. The bill is blue gray with black tip. The cheeks and chin are gray. there is a white patch on the upper wing. The non-breeding plumage is duller with less green and white on head. The female has gray head with fine white streaks, and pale reddish-brown breast and sides. Juveniles are similar to adult females.

Size
42cm - 59cm

Environment
Shallow freshwater wetlands, ponds, marshes, rivers.

Food
Aquatic plants; some insects and mollusks during the breeding season.

Breeding
The nest is a scrape on the ground, lined with grass and down, situated in tall grass or shrubs. The female lays three to twelve creamy white eggs.

Range
The American Wigeon breeds in Alaska, northern United States. Winters in southern United States, Mexico and northern South America.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anas
Species:americana
Common Name:American Wigeon


Relatives in same Genus
  Northern Pintail (A. acuta)
  Northern Shoveler (A. clypeata)
  Green-winged Teal (A. crecca)
  Cinnamon Teal (A. cyanoptera)
  Blue-winged Teal (A. discors)
  Eurasian Wigeon (A. penelope)
  Mallard (A. platyrhynchos)
  Gadwall (A. strepera)