The Eurasian Wigeon is, not surprisingly,
normally found in Europe and Asia, although strays regularly reach both U.S.
coasts in winter. They are only very rare visitors to the interior of
North America, with The Birds of South Dakota (SDOU, 2001) only showing three
observations within South Dakota. Observations have been increasing
elsewhere in North America in recent decades, however. A drake is pictured
on the right while a hen is shown on the bottom of the page.
be found in a variety of shallow-water habitats, including shallow marshes and
ponds, flooded fields, and coastal salt marshes and estuaries.
Diet: Primarily feeds on plant material, and only occasionally
will feed on insects.
Behavior: Feeds by dabbling or submerging its head
in shallow water, or by walking on land. Will harass certain species
of diving waterfowl, stealing food from diving ducks as they return to the
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: Musical whistling by the male, a
croak or a quack from the female.
Migration: Native to Europe and Asia, but strays
may arrive from both west of North America and east of North America.
They are generally very rare visitors to the interior of the continent.
Status: Observations have increased in recent decades in North America, although no
breeding populations have been found.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Eurasian Wigeon"
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