Eurasian wigeon Anas penelope

Identification Tips:

Adult male alternate:

Adult female:

Similar species:

Adult male in alternate plumage is unmistakable. All plumages distinguished from all other dabbling ducks (except American Wigeon) by pale gray or white secondary coverts in flight. At rest Wigeon have a distinctive steep forehead and gently sloped rear part of the head, as well as pale blue bills. The American Wigeon is similar to the rarer Eurasian Wigeon in the female plumage and is safely distinguished only in flight by its white, not gray, axillars, and sometimes by the contrast between head and back plumage.