British Waterfowl Association

American Wigeon

Mareca americana

The drake American Wigeon shows a great deal of variation in its plumage, particularly on the head. Drakes with really good pale heads ar quite sought after, but all the variations are nevertheless handsome. Some of the old names such as Baldpate and Pepper-Head are very descriptive.

Like their European cousins, America Wigeon are enthusiastic grazers. In the wild they congregate in large flocks and will sometimes descend on lawns and golf courses. They are wily ducks and can be wary and quick to flush.


American Wigeon lay a clutch of 6-12 eggs and incubate for an average of 25 days

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