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American Wigeon
Anas americana

Dabbling Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 35 cm Wingspan: 86 cm

Description: The males are distinctive with their almost white head speckled with black, and a green eye stripe extending towards the nape of the neck. The beak is bluish in colour. Their sides are brown with a dark brown back and a white belly. The scapulars are blue with patch of white and black towards the wing base. The forewing is white. The females are drab, but easily identified in flight by their scapulars and forewing. Also, the white belly contrasts well with the brown sides. The call of the male is a pleasant, soothing whistle, while the females quack hoarsely.

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Habitat: This relatively common dabbler frequents slow moving streams.

Diet: 

Nesting: The nest is built of grass, with a down lining, and located near water. The creamy white eggs hatch after 24 or 25 days and the young leave the nest immediately following.

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All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

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