American Wigeon

Animal Guide : Birds

American Wigeon
Fun Fact:
American Wigeons used to be known as "baldpates" for the shiny, pale patches of white feathers on their heads.

What's for Lunch:
Mixed veggies

Where's Home:
The marshes and lagoon in winter; nests in Canada or Alaska

Scientific Name:
Anas americana

Animal Guide : Birds

Overview:

If you squeeze a rubber ducky, you'll make a sound like the male American Wigeon's call: "WHEE-who" or "Whi-WHEE-who." In winter, these gray and rust-colored ducks forage in the shallows of the marsh and lagoon, dabbling in the water and tipping their tails in the air to uproot eelgrass. Their short bills give them the leverage to clip vegetation or dig up roots, even on land.