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Wigeon

Anas penelope

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

WN

BTO 5

WIGEO

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Wigeon winters in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, and breeds in some areas of northern England and Scotland. It has an "Amber" status because large numbers of wintering birds are concentrated at few sites.

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PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUMMARY

Overview

Wigeon: Duck with rather short, pale grey bill with black tip. Chestnut-brown head with black around eye, and brown-yellow front and crown. Breast pink-brown, back and flanks grey. White belly, black vent and tail. Grey wings have dark green-black patch in secondaries and large, white shoulders.


Range and Habitat

Wigeon: Summer breeder and winter visitor in the UK & Ireland. Breeding birds can be found in upland areas in England and Scotland. In winter they are found across the UK and Ireland in lowland areas. Winter visitors come from Russia and Scandinavia. Likely to be seen on marshes and estuaries.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"whee-oo", "chreep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Wigeon is unusual in its feeding habits. It grazes on land like a goose and also hangs around feeding flocks of diving ducks, snatching food from them when they surface.
  • Their numbers in North America have increased in recent decades, which may be due to increased reporting, or to an actual increase of birds. Hybrids with American Wigeons have been recorded.
  • They are known to breed only in Europe and Asia, although they are likely to be found breeding in North America eventually.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "daggle", "flock", "paddling", and a "wadddling" of ducks.

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
SecondariesX
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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