Eurasian Wigeon

Anas penelope

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

EUWI

Code 6

ANAPEN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Eurasian Wigeon is currently classified as Least Concern at this time. This rating is downgraded from a prior rating of Lower Risk that was given in 2000. The Eurasian Wigeon has a range reaching up to 10 million square kilometers. The population of the Eurasian Wigeon is estimated to be about 3 million individual birds. This bird species is native to Europe and Asia. At this time, the range and population of the Eurasian Wigeon is large enough that there are no immediate concerns regarding the immediate future of this bird species.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Eurasian Wigeon: This large dabbling duck has a gray back, finely speckled gray flanks, a dark rufous-brown head, buff crown and forehead, pink-brown breast, a white belly and gray legs and feet. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. The wings have white shoulder patches and a green speculum visible in flight. Feeds primarily on pond weeds.

 

Range and Habitat

Eurasian Wigeon: Breeds from Iceland, British Isles, and Scandinavia to eastern Siberia and Kamchatka, and south to northern Europe, central Russia, and northern China. May visit the Pacific coast from Alaska to Baja California and the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Labrador and Newfoundland south to Florida and west to southern Texas. Prefers marshes, ponds, lakes, and tidal flats.

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Eurasian Wigeon SONGS AND CALLS

Eurasian Wigeon A1

Whistled calls from males and quacks from females in a small flock.

Eurasian Wigeon I1

Whistled calls from a male.

Similar Sounding

Common Pochard P1

Display whistles and calls.


Voice Text

"chreep", "whee-OOO", "wip-wee-wip-weu", "krr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eurasian Wigeon is unorthodox in its feeding habits: It spends much of its time grazing on land like a goose and also loiters around feeding flocks of diving ducks, snatching food from them when they bob back to the surface.
  • Their numbers in North America have increased in recent decades, which may be due to increased reporting, or to an actual increase of birds. Hybrids with American Wigeons have been recorded.
  • They are known to breed only in Europe and Asia, although they are likely to be found breeding in North America eventually.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
ShoulderX
The short feathers overlying the median secondary coverts on the top of the wing. They are located near the back and can be seen as the “first row” of feathers on the birds wing. They are also called marginal coverts and lesser secondary coverts.
SpeculumX
The brightly colored area on the wing (secondaries of the wing) on several duck species.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X