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American wigeon (Anas americana)

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Description

Male wigeons have a white patch from the forehead to the middle of the crown and an iridescent green band from the eye to the back of the head. They have a pinkish-brown breast and sides that are separated from the black undertail coverts by white flank feathers. In flight the white shoulder patch is diagnostic. The female wigeon has a gray head with a brownish black crown and a brownish chest and sides. Both males and females have a bluish black-tipped bill.

Average length: M 20", F 19"

Average weight: M 1.8 lbs., F 1.6 lbs.

 

Migrating and Wintering

Wigeons are among the earliest waterfowl to reach their wintering grounds. Wigeons in Alaska and western Canada migrate along the Pacific flyway and winter around Puget Sound and into California. Birds which use the Central flyway winter in the Texas panhandle and along the Texas and Louisiana coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Along the Mississippi flyway, wetlands and lakes in eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee also provide important wintering habitat for wigeons. Wigeons use a variety of habitats in winter, including ponds, lakes, and saline and brackish marshes with abundant aquatic vegetation. Wigeon also readily forage on grasses and sedges in wet meadows and pastures

Breeding

Wigeons nest farther north than any other dabbling duck except the pintail. They breed throughout northern Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba, Alaska, and the Northwest Territories. Wigeons prefer shallow lakes and marshy sloughs with submerged vegetation and surrounded by dry sedge-lined meadows.

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