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Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Eurasian Widgeon (Male), LaFarge Lake, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
EURASIAN WIGEON FACTSDescription
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.
42cm - 52cm
wetlands, wet grassland, marshes
leaves, stems, roots, seeds, insects
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.
Breeds across northern Europe and Asia. Winters in southern Europe, northern Africa, and southern Asia, and some in North America.
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)