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, widgeon
1. a Eurasian duck, Anas penelope, of marshes, swamps, etc., the male of which has a reddish-brown head and chest and grey and white back and wings
2. American wigeon a similar bird, Anas americana, of North America, the male of which has a white crown



(Anas penelope), a bird of the family Anatidae. The widgeon is about 55 cm long and usually weighs from 650 to 800 g, sometimes as much as 1 kg. It is widely distributed in Europe and Asia, primarily in the forest zone, more rarely in the tundra zone; it also nests along the steppe lakes of Kazakhstan, in the Crimea, and in Transcaucasia. It feeds mainly on the green parts of plants and on rhizomes. The widgeon is considered a game bird.

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Once Mark scouts out a safe landing area, from the air, he configures the Widgeon for a water landing that will allow a slow taxi up onto the flats.
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Braving brusque winds, sprinkling rain and a smattering of snow, about 200 birding enthusiasts fanned out Sunday for the Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, tallying just how many black phoebes, widgeons and even crows call Eugene home for the holidays.
Large numbers of widgeons and teals are also beginning to arrive from their arctic breeding grounds ready for a winter stay at the reserve.
Earlier this month the final of the four 2005 trials was held on Llandegfedd, and despite the reservoir being situated in the centre of the hitherto industrial Sahara of South Wales, it is a great fishery - rich in both fish and wildlife - with an abundance of such rare characters as widgeons, weasels, otters and badgers and fauna of considerable beauty.
Second course - Hares, 18 dishes; wildfowl, 18; raised custards, 36; pickled sturgeon, 14; tarts, 20; damson dishes, 20; lobsters and crabs, 17; apple pies, 20; wild ducks, widgeons and tame ducks, 26; jellies, syllabubs and salads, 30.
Flights of cormorants drove their black prows in quest of skittering mullets; avocets, willets, and yellowlegs dozed on the bars; mallards, widgeons, and teal sprang skyward in alarm.