About this Species 

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Name:American Wigeon
Family:Dabbling Ducks
Scientific Name: Anas Americana
Description:A medium-sized duck with a short, bluish-white bill. Males have large, green patches on their cheeks, a white crown on their head and white patches on their wings. Females are a mixture of dull gray and rusty brown. Also known as “baldpate.”
Habit:Likely to be found in natural wetlands and flooded agricultural fields. Wigeons use their short bills to feed on aquatic plants, mollusks and insects. Wigeons eat more plants than any other dabbling duck in North America. Females lay 3-12 eggs in a small depression that is lined with vegetation and down in the north-central U.S. and central Canada’s Prairie Pothole Region.
State Occurrence: Throughout Arkansas in winter; especially common in the Mississippi River Delta.
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