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American Wigeon Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    American Wigeons are medium-sized, rather compact ducks with a short bill and a round head. They tend to sit on the water with their heads pulled down, giving them a no-necked look.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Green-winged Teal, smaller than a Mallard.

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 16.5-23.2 in (42-59 cm)
      • Weight: 19.1-46.9 oz (540-1330 g)
      • Wingspan: 33.1 in (84 cm)