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American wigeon, baldpate
American wigeons are medium-sized ducks. They have a white crown with a green post-ocular stripe and gray on their lower face and neck. The breast and flanks are rusty and the back is dark brown. American wigeons also have a white patch on the rear portion of the flanks and black under the tail coverts
Reaches lengths of approximately 35cm (14 in.); wingspan 87cm (34 in.)
Approximately 1.01 kg (2.25 lb.)
Seeds, leaves, stems, buds of pondweeds, widgeon grass, sedges, rice, snails, beetles, and crickets
Approximately 22-24 days
About 1 year
Averages 9-10 years
Found in northern and central North America; winters in coastal and southern North America and Central America
Marshes and ponds
Wigeons are known to let other ducks gather food for them then steal it! They also tend to follow other migrating ducks in order to get food!
Wigeons are diving ducks, not dabbling ducks, and will completely submerge themselves to chase food.
These ducks alert their fellow ducks of danger by alarm quacks and rattling their wings.
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
These birds are a food source for predators and also help maintain plant growth.
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