Eurasian Wigeon

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 04 June 2013
Scientific Name
Anas penelope
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. penelope
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 28 September 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
17 to 20 inches
28 to 31 inches
17 to 38 ounces
Range

International Names

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