Also known as the "Baldpate" by many hunters, because
of its white forehead and crown. The American Wigeon spends a great deal
of time foraging on land, eating young plant shoots and seeds. They are
also much more likely than most dabbling ducks to be found in deep water, where
they sometimes harass other duck species and steal their food.
Habitat: Prefers large inland marshes for
breeding. Can be found in a variety of aquatic habitats during the winter and in
migration, including ponds, lakes, rivers, fresh or saltwater marshes, and
Diet: Primarily aquatic plant
material. Will also eat insects, insect larvae, snails, seeds, and waste
Behavior: Uses a wide variety of foraging
techniques, from tipping to submerge the head, picking food items from the
water's surface, feeding on dry land, and stealing food from other
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Summers throughout most of Canada, Alaska,
and the northern third of the United States. Winters along the North
American coasts, the southern third of the United States, and points
Similar Species: Male is generally
distinctive, although the Eurasian Wigeon
Conservation Status: Generally stable. Range has expanded
eastward in recent decades.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - American Wigeon"
Photo Information: April 25th, 2003 -- Long Lake
near Madison -- Terry L. Sohl