A dabbling duck with mainly reddish-brown and grey plumage, the male having a whistling call.
Genus Anas, family Anatidae: three species, in particular the European wigeon (A. penelope) and the American wigeon (A. americana)‘Females during the breeding season and the young eat many aquatic invertebrates, but aside from that, wigeons are plant-eaters.’
- ‘Where the trail hugs the edge of the slough, watch for waterfowl - pintails, green-winged teals, and widgeons - and listen for the machine-gun rattle of belted kingfishers.’
- ‘My first sighting was of large numbers of pink-footed geese and wigeon along with some ringed plover and shelduck.’
- ‘Bird species like garganey, gadwall, mallard, shoveller, pintail and wigeon use the lake in transit.’
- ‘Where once there were acres of grain, there are now acres of barnacle geese; where sheep once grazed, there are widgeon and teal; lapwing and redshanks have replaced the cattle; his new crops are spoonbills, snipe, skylarks and linnets.’
Early 16th century perhaps of imitative origin and suggested by pigeon.