Male (rear) and female (front) Eurasian Wigeons
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Anas
Subgenus: Mareca
  • Anas americana
  • Anas sibilatrix
  • Anas penelope

The wigeons are dabbling ducks in the genus Anas. There are three species: the Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), the American Wigeon (A. americana) and the Chiloe Wigeon (A. sibilatrix). Widgeon is an alternative, though archaic, spelling; the American Wigeon has in the past been known as Baldpate. All three are similarly shaped, with a steep forehead and bulbous rear to the head. Males have a distinctive breeding plumage, in their eclipse plumage they resemble females, which are similar in appearance year-round.[citation needed] The three species' closest relatives within the genus Anas are the Gadwall and the Falcated Duck.[1] All three wigeon species hybridise in captivity,[2] and American and Eurasian Wigeons hybridise in the wild.[3] An American Wigeon × Mallard hybrid has also been recorded [4]



Male (front) and female (rear) American Wigeons
Male (rear) and female (front) Chiloe Wigeons
  1. ^ Johnson and Sorenson, 1999
  2. ^ Jiguet, 1999
  3. ^ Carey, 1993
  4. ^ Fedynich and Rhodes, 1993

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Photographs of hybrid wigeons can be seen here and here.

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  • wigeon — wig•eon [[t]ˈwɪdʒ ən[/t]] n. pl. eons, (esp. collectively) eon. orn either of two dabbling ducks, Anas americana, of North America, and A. penelope, of Eurasia, having white patches on the forewings • Etymology: 1505–15 …   From formal English to slang

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