AMERICAN WIGEON Mareca americana

Widespread in North America and common, wintering south and west to the US West Coast, West Indies and Central America. Prefers open water, often found in large flocks like other wigeon. A common vagrant to the UK and regular in western Europe south to Morocco, westwards vagrancy, to Hawaii, Japan and eastern Siberia, has resulted in hybrids with Eurasian Wigeon, which are similarly regular on the west coast of the USA. The left-hand shot is such a vagrant in Cornwall. Known as "Baldpate" in the US.

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