American Wigeon (Mareca americana)

The American Wigeon (Anas americana) is a species of dabbling duck that can be found throughout North America. These birds are highly distinctive, with a unique appearance and a range of biological features that make them an intricate part of the ecosystem.

Physically, American Wigeons are medium-sized ducks that weigh between 1-2 pounds and have a wingspan of approximately 2-3 feet. Male American Wigeons have a green patch on their head and a white patch behind their eye. They are also recognized by their light grey body and chestnut breast. Female American Wigeons, on the other hand, have a mottled brown and grey appearance with a dark patch around their eyes.

These birds are highly adaptable and can be found in a variety of habitats, including freshwater ponds and lakes, marshes, and grasslands. They are also known to migrate and follow food sources to different regions. American Wigeons feed primarily on plants and seeds, but they also consume insects, crustaceans, and mollusks for additional nutrition.

Like most ducks, American Wigeons mate during the breeding season and are monogamous. The female will typically lay a clutch of 5-12 eggs that will hatch after an incubation period of about 25 days. Both parents will care for the chicks until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

While American Wigeons are not considered a threatened species, they are subject to hunting and habitat loss. Preservation of wetland habitats and controlling hunting practices are necessary to maintain healthy populations of American Wigeons.

In conclusion, the American Wigeon is a fascinating species of duck with unique characteristics and lifestyle patterns. Their adaptability and resilience make them an essential component of North American ecosystems. Conservation efforts must continue to ensure that these ducks remain a vital part of our environment for years to come.

Other names

Mareca americana



American Wigeon

ànec xiulador nord-americà



američka zviždara

hvízdák americký

Amerikansk Pibeand

Amerikaanse Smient


Canard d’Amérique


Fischione americano


amerikinė cyplė


świstun amerykański


Американская свиязь

Američka zviždara

kačica bielohlavá

Silbón americano

amerikansk bläsand

Amerika Fiyusu

свищ американський

ameerika viupart

álarcos réce


Amerikas baltvēderis


ameriška žvižgavka