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Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope

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A buffy, medium-sized duck, the Eurasian Wigeon is an uncommon, but increasing vagrant to the new world. This species is listed in the neotropics as a rare winter visitor, with only a handful of reported sightings from northern Mexico (Howell and Webb 1995). When found in the Americas, Eurasian Wigeon are often seen associating with flocks of American Wigeon or other dabbling ducks in freshwater ponds or coastal marine environments. American and Eurasian Wigeons hybridize regularly, and hybrid individuals may occur in Mexico and Baja California. Sometimes placed in the genus Mareca, the Eurasian Wigeon forms a superspecies with the American and Chiloe Wigeons.

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Recommended Citation

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/eurwig