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American Wigeon

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About the American Wigeon

Also known as: American Widgeon, Baldpate

The American Wigeon is a species of dabbling duck that lives in parts of North America. These ducks are migratory and are sometimes found far outside of their normal range.

Male American Wigeons in breeding plumage have shiny green head feathers with a cream-colored stripe running from the bill to the crown. This gives them a "bald" appearance which is why they are sometimes called by another name: Baldpate. They are dabbling ducks, feeding on vegetation grazed from the bottom of shallow bodies of water. They are primarily vegetarian.

The American Wigeon has a very large natural range, and has a conservation status of Least Concern as of June 2013.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 04 July 2013
Scientific Name Anas americana
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. americana
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
16.5 to 23.2 inches
33.1 inches
19 to 46.9 ounces

International Names

  • 绿眉鸭 (Chinese)
  • hvízdák americký (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Pibeand (Danish)
  • Amerikaanse Smient (Dutch)
  • amerikanhaapana (Finnish)
  • Canard d'Amérique (French)
  • Nordamerikanische Pfeifente (German)
  • Fischione americano (Italian)
  • アメリカヒドリ [amerikahidori] (Japanese)
  • 아메리카홍머리오리 (Korean)
  • Amerikablesand (Norwegian)
  • swistun amerykanski (Polish)
  • Американская свиязь (Russian)
  • Silbón Americano (Spanish)
  • Amerikansk bläsand (Swedish)

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American Wigeon Coloring Page

American Wigeon Coloring Page

The American Wigeon is a medium-sized dabbling duck. A male in breeding plumage has a creamy-white forehead with a dark green stripe that goes from the eye to the neck. The body ... more