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Eurasian Wigeon

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About the Eurasian Wigeon

Also known as: Eurasian Widgeon, Wigeon, Widgeon, European Wigeon, European Widgeon

The Eurasian Wigeon is one of three species of wigeons found in the world today. This widespread species breeds in northern parts of Europe and Asia. In the winter the Eurasian Wigeon migrates down to southern Asia and parts of Africa. Vagrant birds end up in parts of North America during most winters.

Eurasian Wigeons are dabbling ducks, which means that they feed by dipping the head under the water to graze on plant material. Breeding males have beautiful chestnut-colored heads with a cream-colored forehead and crown.

The Eurasian Wigeons is also known simply as Wigeon or alternately Widgeon. During the winter these gregarious birds gather in large flocks. The Eurasian Wigeon's conservation status is considered to be Least Concern as of June 2013.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 04 June 2013
Scientific Name Anas penelope
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. penelope
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
17 to 20 inches
28 to 31 inches
17 to 38 ounces

International Names

  • 赤颈鸭 (Chinese)
  • hvízdák eurasijský (Czech)
  • Pibeand (Danish)
  • Smient (Dutch)
  • haapana (Finnish)
  • Canard siffleur (French)
  • Pfeifente (German)
  • Fischione europeo (Italian)
  • ヒドリガモ [hidorigamo] (Japanese)
  • 홍머리오리 (Korean)
  • Brunnakke (Norwegian)
  • świstun (Polish)
  • Свиязь (Russian)
  • Silbón Europeo (Spanish)
  • Bläsand (Swedish)