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Eurasian Wigeon Anas Penelope

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Eurasian Wigeon

Male - The male Eurasian Wigeon has a chestnut coloured head with creamy-yellow forehead and crown, silver-grey beak with black tip, a pink breast, mainly grey body with white flash along the flanks, white underparts, black rear-end, dark-green speculum, white patch on upper wings, and legs and feet are grey.
Female - The female is mostly grey-brown and has whitish underparts.
Eclipse - The male in eclipse plumage is fairly similiar to the female but has a rich chestnut brown head, breast and flanks, and retains the wing pattern.


Size: - Typical Adult is 42-50cm (17-20in).

Food: - Grazes on grasses, herbs, aquatic plants, pondweed, eelgrass, algae, and seaweed.

Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, marshes, lakes, wet grassland, and coastal bays in Iceland, UK, northern Europe and northern Asia. Winters further south in southern Europe, northern Africa, Middle-East, India, China, and Japan.

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Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - May to June.

Eggs: - 7 to 10 (creamy-buff colour).

Notes: - The Eurasian Wigeon is a dabbling duck which is widespread with a large population. This duck has unusual feeding habits, it will graze on land like a goose and because it is not good at diving it will steal food from diving ducks as they surface.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.

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Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas Penelope)