American Wigeon

Mareca americana (JF Gmelin, 1789) AW AMEWI 1800
Family: Anseriformes > Anatidae

American Wigeon, Edmund Fellowes

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.

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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.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


During Bird Atlas 2007-11

Occupied 10-km squares in UK



American Wigeon is a rare vagrant, most often recorded in autumn and winter.

Weekly occurence of American Wigeon from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.

Foreign locations of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland

Foreign locations of American Wigeon ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland
Encountered in: Winter (Nov-Feb); Spring (Mar-Apr); Summer (May-Jul); Autumn (Aug-Oct)


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.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Chwiwell America
Catalan: ànec xiulador nord-americà
Czech: hvízdák americký
Danish: Amerikansk Pibeand
Dutch: Amerikaanse Smient
Estonian: ameerika viupart
Finnish: amerikanhaapana
French: Canard d’Amérique
German: Kanadapfeifente
Hungarian: álarcos réce
Icelandic: Ljóshöfðaönd
Irish: Rualacha Mheiriceánach
Italian: Fischione americano
Latvian: Amerikas baltvederis
Lithuanian: amerikine cyple
Norwegian: Amerikablesand
Polish: swistun amerykanski
Portuguese: piadeira-americano
Slovak: kacica bielohlavá
Slovenian: ameriška žvižgavka
Spanish: Silbón americano
Swedish: amerikansk bläsand

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