American wigeon

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American wigeon Anas americana

Dabbling Ducks family Anatidae- puddle ducks. Mainly on smaller ponds & marshes in shallow water. Feed at surface by “dabbling” bill in the water. Can take off from water without running.


  • Dark smudge around eye
  • Weakly patterned flanks
  • Gray-brown head


  • White or buffy forehead
  • Distinctive dark green mask from eye to neck
  • White wing patch
  • White hip patch

General Description:

  • Rounded head
  • Small gray bill, usually
  • Tipped downward
  • Grazes in fields in flocks
  • Length 20”