Mareca americana (JF Gmelin, 1789)
Family: Anseriformes > Anatidae
A handful of individuals of this North American duck are recorded every year in Britain; the adult male is distinctive with a green and white head
The American Wigeon was formerly known as "Baldpate" because the white stripe on its crown resembled a bald man's head.
American Wigeon identification is sometimes difficult.
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Status and Trends
Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.
During Bird Atlas 2007-11
Occupied 10-km squares in UK
|No. occupied in winter||33|
|% occupied in winter||1.1|
|% change in range in winter (1981–84 to 2007–11)||+200%|
American Wigeon is a rare vagrant, most often recorded in autumn and winter.
Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.
Lifecycle and body size information about American Wigeon, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.
Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.
|Field Codes||2-letter: AW | 5-letter code: AMEWI | Euring: 1800|
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