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American Wigeon ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick
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Gene C. Reid Park ~ Lake/Pond Area
Tucson, AZ
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American Wigeon

The widespread American Wigeon nests near small lakes and marches in open and semi-open habitats.In winter they are found on freshwater lakes and brackish estuaries, and saltwater bays with aquatic vegetation.

Wigeons often feed around diving ducks and swans, stealing plants those species bring to the surface.

VOICE Male: a wheezy, piping, 2-3 syllab;e whistle. Female: a low growling grrrrr : also a quack.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns,
    including a “brace”, “flush”, “paddling”, “raft”, and “team” of ducks.
  • The American Wigeon was formerly known as “Baldpate” because the white stripe on their crown resembles a bald man’s head.
  • Their diet has a higher proportion of plant matter than the diet of any other dabbling duck.
  • Their short bill enables them to exert more force at the bill tip than other dabbling ducks, thus permitting efficient dislodging and plucking of vegetation.

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kimberly chadwick, avian, american wigeon, duck, wildlife, nature

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Comments

  • Chelei
    Cheleiover 3 years ago

    Love those swirling colors!

  • Thank you Chelei!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 3 years ago

    beautiful shot Kimberly

  • Thank you much Dave!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 3 years ago

    Excellent!!

  • Many thanks Marvin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture !

  • Thank you Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • eaglewatcher4
    eaglewatcher4over 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot — the beauty of the Wigeon and water make this a fave for me!

  • I appreciate that and honored, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnover 3 years ago

    wonderful widgeon and shot!

  • Thank you Sir!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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