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also wid·geon  (wĭj′ən)
n. pl. wigeon also widgeon or wi·geons also wid·geons
Either of two freshwater dabbling ducks, Anas americana of the Americas or A. penelope primarily of Eurasia and Africa, having a grayish or brownish back and a white belly and wing coverts.

[Origin unknown.]
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(ˈwɪdʒən) or


1. (Animals) a Eurasian duck, Anas penelope, of marshes, swamps, etc, the male of which has a reddish-brown head and chest and grey and white back and wings
2. (Animals) American wigeon baldpate a similar bird, Anas americana, of North America, the male of which has a white crown
[C16: of uncertain origin]
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(ˈwɪdʒ ən)

n., pl. -eons, (esp. collectively) -eon.
either of two dabbling ducks, Anas americana, of North America, and A. penelope, of Eurasia, having white patches on the forewings.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wigeon - freshwater duck of Eurasia and northern Africa related to mallards and tealswigeon - freshwater duck of Eurasia and northern Africa related to mallards and teals
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
Anas, genus Anas - type genus of the Anatidae: freshwater ducks
American widgeon, Anas americana, baldpate - a widgeon the male of which has a white crown
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Related words
collective nouns bunch, company, knob, flight
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[ˈwɪdʒən] Nánade m silbón
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[ˈwɪdʒən] n (Zool) → fischione m
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The 64km (40 miles) that separate the towns of Nairn and Buckie are home to some of our finest beaches where there is a vast array of wildlife: grey heron, wigeon, greenshank, knot, osprey, grey and harbour seals, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and minke whales is just a selection.
THE MIXED FLOCK of plumed-out late season gadwall and wigeon swung for the last time, cupped, dropping into the deep trench of the seep ditch.
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The birds on display in the cabinet include tufted duck; velvet scoter; Steller's eider; bufflehead; hooded merganser; common pochard; red-crested pochard; Eurasian wigeon; red-breasted merganser; common merganser; American wood duck; smew; ruddy shelduck; common shelduck; surf scoter; northern pintail; brown teal; common eider; harlequin duck, Eurasian teal and garganey.
The Eurasian wigeon was recorded in January 2018 during the Asian Waterbird Census in Naujan Lake National Park in Oriental Mindoro; and the garganey, recorded in January 2018 also during the Asian Waterbird Census in Naujan Lake.
common pochard Aythya ferina, northern shoveler Spatula clypeata, Eurasian wigeon Mareca penelope, northern pintail Anas acuta; Nagy et al.
After potential double-counts were excluded as much as possible, [approximately equal to]13,600 wild birds of 71 species were reported dead (Table); 49% of all carcasses were identified by species, most of which were tufted duck (Aythya fuligula [39%]) and Eurasian wigeon (Anas penelope [37%]).
Scott and I shot a few more reds, pintails and two wigeon, one a gorgeous bird meant for for the wall, to complete the Baffin Bay trifecta.
From 2004-2006, we collected sera from 1406 wildcaught American wigeon (Anas americana), mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), and northern pintail (Anas acuta) ducks at national wildlife refuges (NWRs) in North Dakota and wood ducks (Aix sponsa) at NWRs in South Carolina and Tennessee.
In middle wintering stage (from December to February), the sex ratio of common teal Anas crecca (60.66% male, n=361) was male-biased while falcated duck Anas falcata (52.10%, n=286), mallard Anas platyrhynchos (50.00%, n=90) and Eurasian wigeon Anas penelope (49.18%, n=183) were near parity.
The Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope; hereafter EUWI), a close relative of the American Wigeon (Anas americana; hereafter AMWI) and Chiloe Wigeon (Anas silbatrix) of North and South America, breeds throughout Northern Eurasia and winters in portions of western Europe, Africa, and India (Johnsgard 1978; Madge and Burn 1988).