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.

Eurasian Wigeon Find cute products & gifts with our Birdorable Eurasian Wigeon
Shop Now

Details & Statistics

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

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 赤颈鸭
Czech (Cesky) hvízdák eurasijský
Danish (Dansk) Pibeand
Dutch (Nederlands) Smient
Finnish (Suomi) haapana
French (Français) Canard siffleur
German (Deutsch) Pfeifente
Italian (Italiano) Fischione europeo
Japanese (日本語) ヒドリガモ [hidorigamo]
Korean (한국어) 홍머리오리
Norwegian (Norsk) Brunnakke
Polish (Polski) świstun
Russian (русский язык) Свиязь
Spanish (Español) Silbón Europeo
Swedish (Svenska) Bläsand
More Products

Cute gifts with this bird

Design with this bird