Like most birds, the Wigeon shows a variation in colouration between sexes. The male notable for the chestnut brown head, grey and white body with the black wing tips. However, the female of this species is both smaller and has a brown body throughout.


During the winter their geographical distribution ranges across most of western Europe, and during breeding season they are found in the northern most parts of Scandinavia. The best place to look for these birds is near major waterways such as lakes and estuaries.


A surface feeder these ducks eat stems seeds and other plant matter.

Predators & Threats

Like most birds, the primary predators of the Wigeon are large birds such as ravens and crows. Mammals are also known to be predators.


  • Females use a distraction display in order to protect their nest during breeding season. This can include deceptive behaviour such as faking that they have wing injuries.
  • The young of this species feed themselves unlike a number of species of birds.


Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Wigeon, Eurasian Wigeon.Anas penelope
45-50 cm
Approximately 2 years.

Best Time to Look

October – April


Where to find Wigeon