About American Wigeon
The American Wigeon is a colorful, noisy dabbler equally comfortable on land as on the water. Large flocks are found together grazing in the fields and are found in flocks of American Coots, stealing food from them as they surface.
This duck has a large head, chunky body, short legs, and a fairly long and pointed tail. The male has a small blue bill while the female’s bill is gray. Both sexs have a black ring at the base of the bill.
The male has a white crown, gray face, glossy green eye stripe, pinkish breast and flanks. One common marking is the amount of cream on the throat and face. The female is gray-brown overall with orange or pinkish tinged flanks; brown upper wings with a white greater covert bar.
They form swift and tightly packed flocks; white ovals on the upper wings of males are visible from a great distance.
The call of the male duck gives a 2 or 3 part whistle, whee-WHOO or whee WHOO-who, given in flight or on the water; calls are heard constantly from any large flock. The call of the female, given infrequently, sounds like a harsh, nasal cough.
The American Wigeon is widespread in the western United States.