Monday, 12 October 2009

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Four adult Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) - three male, one female, with Eurasian Coot at Oare Marshes, Kent - March 2012

OTHER NAMES: Wigeon, Widgeon, Whew-duck
Weight: 500-1000g
Length: 42-52cm
Wingspan: 71-80cm
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The wigeon is a common duck, primarily present in Winter in which it arrives in the UK in numbers exceeding 400,000. It can often be found in coastal marshland in large numbers during this time, although it can also be found on many decently sized bodies of water. Another slightly shy duck that tends to stay a reasonable distance from easy viewing, and thus may be slightly more difficult to photograph.

Related Species:
Order:
Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Anas 
Subspecies: none - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Rare breeding species (300-500 pairs), locally abundant Wintering bird (450,000 birds) 

Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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