American Wigeon

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.

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