Wigeon

Anas penelope (Linnaeus, 1758)

The wigeon is a medium-sized duck with a round head and short bill. Males are grey with a pink breast, orange head, yellow forehead and obvious white wing patches that can be seen when they fly. Females are similar to Mallard females, but with rusty brown plumage and a pointed tail. (wildlife trusts)

Wigeon

Identification

The wigeon is a medium-sized duck with a round head and short bill. Males are grey with a pink breast, orange head, yellow forehead and obvious white wing patches that can be seen when they fly. Females are similar to Mallard females, but with rusty brown plumage and a pointed tail. (wildlife trusts)

ORDER

Anseriformes

FAMILY

Anatidae

TYPE

Waterfowl

Found throughout the UK in the winter months. During the summer months, most Wigeon leave the UK for their breeding grounds in northern Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland. A few pairs remain in northern Scotland.

Farmland, wetlands and marshes

Wigeon are vegetarian, feeding on aquatic plants, grasses, roots

Wigeon are common winter visitors to the lake at Wyke Farm during the winter months.

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
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LATIN NAME

Anas penelope

LENGTH (CM)

45-51

WINGSPAN (CM)

75-86

WEIGHT (G)

500-900

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

3

CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Amber: moderate conservation concern
  • Green: low conservation concern
  • Introduced: non-native species
  • Red: high conservation concern

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