American Wigeon

Other Names: Baldpate

Distribution: Northwestern North America in summer; southern North America through the Caribbean in winter.

Description:

Size: 48-56 cm in length with a 76-89 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Males are brownish with a white crown, green ear patch, and bold white shoulder patches visible in flight. Females are mottled brown with grayish head and whitish shoulder patches. The eyes are black and the beak is blue with a black tip.

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American Wigeon

American Wigeon

Bill Shape
spatulate
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
baja california
british columbia
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north atlantic coast
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pacific coast
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yucatan
yukon
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Action
walking
Behavior
flocks
jerks
Markings
cross
tailbands
Sounds
twittering
soft
staccato
Location
ground dwelling
low perching
north in summer
north in winter
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
mudflat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Oceans
Marshes
Color
sheen
brown
gray
rust
Body Shape
headcrested
duck
Size
large
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species