Male - The male American Wigeon has a cream coloured crown and forehead, wide iridescent-green stripe running from the eye down the nape, the front face and throat are a black spotted creamy-white, blue-grey beak with black tip and black around the base, breast, flanks, and back are a pinkish-brown, white belly and undersides, and black under-tail. Both sexes have grey legs and feet.
Female - The female has mainly a grey-brown plumage, pale-blue beak with black tip, and white belly.
Eclipse - Similar to the female but has a rich chestnut brown plumage.
Size: - Typical Adult is 45-56cm (18-23in).
Food: - Mainly aquatic plants, seeds, algae, sedges, and some insects and larvae. Also grazes on pasture grasses.
Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, marshes, lakes, and wet grassland in Canada and north USA. Winters further south in southern USA, Mexico, and central America.
Breeding Season: - End of May to June.
Eggs: - 5 to 7 (creamy-white colour).
Notes: - The American Wigeon is a medium-sized dabbling duck. It is sometimes called a Baldpate due to its white crown making it look bald. American Wigeons are a noisy duck.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.
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