The Wigeon or Eurasian
Wigeon (Anas penelope) is a common and widespread duck which breeds
in the northernmost areas of Europe and Asia. It is the Old World
counterpart of the North American American Wigeon. This dabbling
duck is 42-50 cm long with a 71-80 cm wingspan. It is strongly
migratory and winters further south than its breeding range. It
highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form
large flocks. The breeding male has grey flanks and back, with
a black rear end and a brilliant white speculum, obvious in flight
or at rest. It has a pink breast, white belly, and a chestnut
head with a yellowish crown stripe. In non-breeding (eclipse)
plumage, the drake looks more like the female.
The female is light brown, with plumage much like a female Mallard.
It can be distinguished from most other ducks, apart from American
Wigeon, on shape. However, that species has a paler head and white
axillaries on its underwing. The 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, which
it does very readily. It nests on the ground, near water and under
cover. This is a noisy species. The male has a clear whistle,
whereas the female has a low growl.
Above Pictures Are From The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service