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Eurasian Wigeon

Anas penelope ORDER: ANSERIFORMES FAMILY: ANATIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Common and widespread in the Old World, the Eurasian Wigeon is a sporadic visitor to North America. Regular in very small numbers along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, single individuals have turned up in nearly all states and provinces.

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At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
16.5–20.5 in
42–52 cm
Weight
17.6–33.5 oz
500–950 g
Other Names
  • Wigeon, Widgeon, European Widgeon (English)
  • Canard siffleur (French)

Cool Facts

  • Although the Eurasian Wigeon has not yet been found breeding in North America, it is possible that some do. The Eurasian Wigeons seen each year in North America likely come from eastern Siberia and Iceland.

Habitat


Lake/Pond

Food


Plants

Nesting

Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Dabbler

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Credits

  • Bellrose, F. C. 1976. Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America. Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, PA.

Range Map Help

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