Wetlands & Waterfowl's Guide to North American Waterfowl:
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American Bittern
American Widgeon
Black- Crowned Night Heron
Black Duck
Blue-Winged Teal
Canada Goose
Canvasback
Cattle Egret
Common Egret
Cinnamon Teal
Gadwall
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green-Winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Mallard
Mute Swan
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Redhead
Ring-Necked
Snowy Egret
Snow Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
American Widgeon
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Scientific Name: Anas americana

Habitat: ponds, lakes and marshes


Appearance: 18-23" long. Most discernable feature for male and female are white wing patches that show in flight. Male: white forehead, green ear patch. Female: sandy brown head and body, pale blue-grey bill .


Food: foliage and seeds of aquatic plants, some insects and mollusks.


Nesting: Nest is a hollow lined with down and grass. Nest is concealed in tall weeds or grasses often far from water. Female lays 6-12 cream colored eggs and incubates for about 25 days. Young are downy, leave the nest soon after hatching and fly at 7-8 weeks.

The American Widgeon is often found feeding with diving ducks such as the Redhead, Scaup, and Canvasback, who are adept at rooting up vegetation from deep in the water. The American Widgeon often feeds by snatching these underwater greens away from the diving ducks as they surface. The American Widgeon is more restless than most ducks, and is quick to sense trouble and will launch itself into the air with a flurry of alarm calls and beating wings, thus alerting the less suspicious diving ducks around it of the existing danger.

Additional Photographs:
Widgeon Sunrise, 10k jpeg
Flock of Widgeon, 7k jpeg