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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)



Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) Male

Class: Aves
Family: Anatidae
Common Name: Eurasian Wigeon
Genus: Mareca
Species Name: penelope

About The Eurasian Wigeon

The Eurasian Widgeon is the Old World counterpart to the American Widgeon (Anas americana). The male of this species may be separated from the male American Widgeon by its buff crown, reddish-brown head, pink breast and grey body. The female Eurasian Widgeon is more similar in appearance to the female American Widgeon, but has a slight reddish cast to the head. The Eurasian Widgeon is slightly smaller than the American Widgeon at 18-20 inches long. The Eurasian Widgeon breeds across northern Eurasia. In winter, this species may be found from Europe south to Southeast Asia, India, and North Africa. The Eurasian Widgeon is also a rare visitor to coastal North America in winter. On its breeding grounds in the Old World, the Eurasian Widgeon inhabits freshwater marshes and slow-moving rivers. In winter, this species becomes more amenable to saltwater, and may be found on sheltered bays and lagoons. Like the American Widgeon, Eurasian Widgeons feed primarily on aquatic plants and grasses in winter, but they may also consume insects and other small invertebrates during the breeding season. Eurasian Widgeons may be seen either on land or in the water, where they may be observed foraging for food. Winter visitors to North America are often found in small numbers mixed in with larger flocks of American Widgeons. Eurasian Widgeons are most active during the day.



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Bibliographic Citation: Rumelt, Reid B. Anas penelope. June-July 2012. Brief natural history summary of Anas penelope. Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

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