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 Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)




Eurasian Wigeon | Anas penelope photo
Eurasian Widgeon (Male), LaFarge Lake, Coquitlam, British Columbia

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

EURASIAN WIGEON FACTS

Description
The Eurasian Wigeon is a medium-sized duck. The male has a dark reddish brown head with buff colored crown. The sides are gray with large white patch on the wings. The belly is white. The bill is blue with black nail The female is mottled gray and brown with rust colored flanks, paler head and neck and dusky eye patch. Juveniles are similar to adult females.

Size
42cm - 52cm

Environment
wetlands, wet grassland, marshes

Food
leaves, stems, roots, seeds, insects

Breeding
The nest is a shallow depression on the ground under dense vegetation lined with grass and down. The female lays eight or nine 8 to 9 eggs which hatch after 24 to 25 days. The young fledge at 40 to 45 days.

Range
Breeds across northern Europe and Asia. Winters in southern Europe, northern Africa, and southern Asia, and some in North America.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anas
Species:penelope
Common Name:Eurasian Wigeon


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