A small duck with a short bill and round head, the American Wigeon has a reddish-brown body, and a speckled grayish head that is plain in females and boldly patterned in males. Its bill is blue-gray with a narrow black border at the base, and its feet are dark gray. Apparent in flight, the speculum, or wing-patch, is dark iridescent-green, looking black at times, with white on the forewing. The male has distinctive, black undertail coverts, a white forehead, and iridescent green band sweeping back from the eye. Females, juveniles, and eclipse-plumage males lack these markings. Males are usually in eclipse plumage in the post-breeding, pre-migration period from July to September.

First Sighting of Year

Saturday, April 4, 2015 37 Dunstan Landing Rd Scarborough ME United States
Saturday, April 2, 2016 Bowdoinham ME United States
Saturday, October 21, 2017 128€“154 Island Dr Newbury MA United States
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Rockland ME United States
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