Eurasian Wigeon

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The Eurasian wigeon is one of three species of wigeons. It is common and widespread within its range. It is 20 in long with a 31 in wingspan, and a weight of 1 kg. The breeding male has grey flanks and back, with a black rear end, a dark green speculum and a brilliant white patch on upper wings, obvious in flight or at rest. It has a pink breast, white belly, and a chestnut head with a creamy crown. In non-breeding plumage, the drake looks more like the female. The female is light brown, with plumage much like a female American wigeon. It can be distinguished from most other ducks, apart from American wigeon, on shape. However, that species has a paler head and white axillaries on its underwing. The female can be a rufous morph with a redder head, and a gray morph with a more gray head.

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Eurasian Wigeons in pair, male on left, Khadakvasla Back Waters (IAT)
Eurasian Wigeon in pair, male in front, Khadakvasla Back Waters (IAT)
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon, Kudje Gaon, Khadakwasla
Eurasian Wigeon

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