American Wigeon

American Wigeon

American Wigeon
Mareca americana


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

Breeds from western Canada into the American Northwest; winters mainly along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts and can be found throughout the United States during migration


Habitat

Shallow freshwater wetlands, including ponds, marshes, and rivers.


Diet

Aquatic plants, insects, mollusks, and crustaceans

Weight

19 - 46.9 oz.

Length

16.5 - 23.2 in.

Wingspan

33 in.

Clutch

3 – 13 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Male American 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.
  • Female American wigeons have a gray head with a brownish-black crown and brownish chest and sides.
  • The American Wigeon's short bill enables it to exert more force at the bill tip than other dabbling ducks, thus permitting efficient dislodging and plucking of vegetation.
  • The American Wigeon was formerly known as "Baldpate" because the white stripe resembled a bald man's head.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
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Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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