European Wigeons

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Eurasian Wigeons

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A European Wigeon drake

These ducks are common across Europe and Asia. The bill is grey, paler and bluer on the drakes in all seasons. They are highly gregarious in the non-breeding season, often forming huge flocks on their winter grounds. Although one of the dabbling ducks, they also graze waterside grasslands regularly.

European Wigeons are ground nesters, sitting on their clutch of 7-10 cream-colored eggs for 24-25 days.


European Wigeon males
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Eurasian Wigeon pairs
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Here's a European Wigeon drake in eclipse plumage
Photo courtesy of David Townsend


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