The American Wigeon is a medium-sized bird; it is larger than a teal, but smaller than a pintail. In silhouette, the wigeon can be distinguished from other dabblers by its round head, short neck, and small bill.
The hens have gray and brown plumage. Both sexes have a pale blue bill with a black tip, a white belly, and gray legs and feet.
The breeding male (drake) has a mask of green feathers around its eyes and a cream colored cap running from the crown of its head to its bill. This white patch gives the wigeon its other common name, baldpate. Their belly is also white.
The American wigeon is a bird of open wetlands, such as wet grassland or marshes with some taller vegetation, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing.
Wigeon also commonly feed on dry land, eating waste grain in harvested fields and grazing on pasture grasses, winter wheat, clover, and lettuce. Having a largely vegetarian diet, most wigeon migrate in the fall well before northern marshes begin to freeze.
These pictures of the American Wigeon were taken by me on a visit to The Park of Rapids in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and the information about the American Wigeon was taken from Wikipedia.
The American wigeon (Anas americana), also American widgeon or baldpate, is a species of dabbling duck found in North America. It is common and widespread, breeding in all but the extreme north of Canada and Alaska.
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