Widgeon

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wigeon

, 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

Widgeon

 

(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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Five hunters took six-duck limits of mallards mixed with gadwall, green-winged teal, wigeon, shoveler, pintail, redhead and ringnecks.
The ducks could be divided into a high-excretion group consisting of tufted ducks, pochards, and mallards, and a low-excretion group consisting of teals, wigeons, and gadwalls (Figure 2, panels B and D).
RARE BIRD ALERT A male falcated duck visits Eugene Plumage: Gray with green head, bronze crown and long, sickle-shaped flight feathers overhanging tail Length: 19 to 21 inches; about same size as American wigeon or gadwall - Wikipedia
Up to three black necked grebes were recorded last spring and in the winter 100 wigeons, 600 golden plovers and 400 lapwings are regular visitors.
Diving ducks, such as the pochard and tufted varieties are settling on deep gravel pits and reservoirs, while the "dabblers" - wigeons, teals and mallards - opt for shallower waters.
The mix of families, outdoors enthusiasts and senior citizens that attended BreathWalk '98 were just in time for a migration period that delivered several Canada geese and wigeons - colorful ducks slightly smaller than mallards.
As well as seeing a variety of birdlife, this is a great time of year to see thousands of pink-footed geese and winter ducks like wigeons, as well as having great views of birds of prey hunting over the marsh.
When the trio of wigeons committed, we stoned 'em with simultaneous blasts.
He didn't have his birding field guide with him so - while Turner kept a spotting scope trained on the strange bird swimming and feeding among hundreds of wigeons - Houle ran to his car to get it.