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The Eurasian Wigeon is common and widespread in the Old World but is a sporadic visitor to North America.


Appearance

Eurasian Wigeons are medium sized, short necked ducks with round heads and a short bluish bill tipped with black. Adult males have a dark reddish head and buffy crown that contrasts with their mostly gray body. They have a black rear end bordered with white. There is a large white patch in their wings. Eclipse males are mostly brown to reddish-brown, often mottled along the flanks.The white wing patch usually shows, but they lack the black tail and undertail coverts. Females have a mostly brown to gray-brown body and a white belly that is visible in flight. Immature Eurasian Wigeons are similar to adult females.

Eurasian Wigeons are 16.5-20.5 inches (42-52 centimeters) in length and weigh 17.6-33.5 ounces (500-950 grams).

Occurrence

Eurasian Wigeons can be found on slow moving bodies of water like lakes and ponds.

Life History

Diet

Eurasian Wigeons feed primarily on plants.

Nesting

These ducks nest on the ground. In each clutch, there are 6-12 eggs.

Behavior

Eurasian Wigeons are dabbing ducks, sticking their whole upper body into the water to feed.

Sounds

Eurasian Wigeons make a high, scratchy, whistling "whe-o." The females quack.

Status

Eurasian Wigeons are common and have a low conservation concern.

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Trivia

  • Although the Eurasian Wigeon hasn't been found breeding in North America yet, it is possible that some do. The Eurasian Wigeons seen each year in North America probably come from eastern Siberia and Iceland.
  • The oldest recorded Eurasian Wigeon was a male, at least 10 years, 7 months old when he was shot in California in 2016, the same state where he had been banded in 2007.
  • Eurasian Wigeons are also called Silbón Europeo (in Spanish) and Canard siffleur (in French).
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