Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Wigeon are a medium sized duck. Males have a chestnut brown head with a creamy-yellow forehead and crown, a grey-ish pink breast, grey wings and distinctive white patch on upper wing can be seen in flight. Females are duller and largely chestnut brown.

A scarce resident to the UK, breeding in the North of England and Scotland. Abundant in winter as birds migrate to the UK from Northern Europe and Siberia.

Often found on estuaries, mudflats and inland lakes, feeding on eel-grass and algae.

Call a light whistling sound pee-oww.

Interesting Fact: Its scientific name, Anas penelope, derives from the Latin for duck ‘Anas’ and ‘Penelope’ who was the wife of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey.

Wigeon is on the Amber List for Birds of Conservation Concern.


Wigeon (Anas penelope)

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