American Wigeon

photo by Phil Swanson

Anas americana
L 19″ (48 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Softly whistled “wheew-whew.” 

Description: Body brown, head grayish, with a white crown and green face patch. Green speculum. Flashing white forewing distinguishes species. Female has finely flecked grayish head and drab brown body.

american wigeon
Habitat: Migration – sometimes found on large lakes or reservoirs. Breeding – marshes or lakes with food near or at the surface, especially those that have adjacent sedge meadows and partly wooded areas nearby.

Where in Nebraska: Common, locally abundant spring and fall migrant statewide. Uncommon regular breeder in north-central and north-west Nebraska.  Uncommon casual winter visitor throughout the state.

Nebraska Seasons: Best time for viewing American Wigeons is in late May in south-central Nebraska.

Fun Facts: American Wigeons have a diet that consists of the most plant material than any other dabbling duck.

Additional Information: Commonly called a Baldpate due to the white crown.

female American Wigeon - photo by Phil Swanson American Wigeon - photo by Phil Swanson
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