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.

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

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 04 July 2013
Scientific Name
Anas americana
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. americana
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
16.5 to 23.2 inches
33.1 inches
19 to 46.9 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 绿眉鸭
Czech (Cesky) hvízdák americký
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Pibeand
Dutch (Nederlands) Amerikaanse Smient
Finnish (Suomi) amerikanhaapana
French (Français) Canard d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Nordamerikanische Pfeifente
Italian (Italiano) Fischione americano
Japanese (日本語) アメリカヒドリ [amerikahidori]
Korean (한국어) 아메리카홍머리오리
Norwegian (Norsk) Amerikablesand
Polish (Polski) swistun amerykanski
Russian (русский язык) Американская свиязь
Spanish (Español) Silbón Americano
Swedish (Svenska) Amerikansk bläsand
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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