Chiloe Wigeon

Chiloe Wigeon

Chiloe Wigeon
Anas sibilatrix


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

Southern South America; Falkland Islands


Habitat

Freshwater lakes, marshes, lagoons and slow flowing rivers


Diet

Grasses, aquatic plants and vegetation

Weight

2 lbs.

Length

17 - 19 in.

Gestation

25 - 26 days

Young

5 - 11 eggs

IUCN Status

Not listed

Facts

  • This duck is named for Chiloe Island off the coast of southern Chile.
  • Chiloe wigeons are dabbling ducks.
  • The short bill of the wigeon makes it easier to graze on grasses.
  • Males often take part in raising young, but do not help incubate the eggs.

 

Conservation

This species is not threatened but hunting pressure and loss of habitat have affected their numbers.

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