The American Wigeon (Mareca americana), is a species of dabbling duck found in North America. Formerly assigned to Anas, this species is classified with the other wigeons in the dabbling duck genus Mareca. It is the New World counterpart of the Eurasian Wigeon. Mareca is from the Brazilian-Portuguese word Marréco for a small duck and americana refers to America.
The American Wigeon is a medium-sized bird; it is larger than a teal but smaller than a pintail. In silhouette, the wigeon can be distinguished from other dabblers by its round head, short neck, and small bill.
The breeding male (drake) is a striking bird with a mask of green feathers around its eyes and a cream colored cap running from the crown of its head to its bill. In flight, drakes can be identified by the large white shoulder patch on each wing. These…
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