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Photo of a female American wigeon floating on water.

American Wigeon Female

The female American wigeon has a gray bill and head, a dark eye spot, rusty sides, and a grayish patch on the wing.

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Photo of a male American wigeon floating on water.

American Wigeon Male

The adult male American wigeon has a white forehead, a gray head, a green band from the eye down the back of the neck, a grayish back, a rusty brown breast and sides, and in flight a large white patch on the forward edge of the wing. The rear end is black, preceded by white.

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Photo of a male American wigeon swimming on water.

American Wigeon Male

The male American wigeon can be distinguished from the male green-winged teal (which also has a green stripe running from the eye down the back of the neck) by the wigeon's white forehead and crown. Some people call the American wigeon the “baldpate” (baldhead), for the male’s white cap and forehead.

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Photo of an American wigeon pair floating on a lake.

American Wigeon Pair

The American wigeon is a popular duck for hunting. Missouri has several wetland areas managed for public waterfowl hunting. Our state and federal hunting regulations, National Wildlife Refuge System, and programs like the federal duck stamp help ensure healthy waterfowl populations.

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Photo of an American wigeon pair floating on water surface.

American Wigeon Pair

A common migrant in Missouri, the American wigeon is a medium-sized dabbling duck most commonly seen in our state in February–April and September–November, and during winter.

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Photo of a male blue-winged teal floating on water.

Blue-Winged Teal

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Blue-winged teal are dabblers, often seen in shallows sifting water and mud for goodies, rarely diving but able to take flight by jumping directly from the water into the air. Males have a distinctive white crescent on their dark gray heads.

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Photo of a female blue-winged teal floating on water.

Blue-Winged Teal Female

Female blue-winged teal have a prominent dark eye line, a broken white eye ring, and a white spot between bill and eye. This helps distinguish them from other female teals.

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Photo of a female blue-winged teal floating in shallow water among cattails.

Blue-Winged Teal Female

Blue-winged teal sometimes breed in Missouri. Hens alone provide parental care. The nests, concealed by overarching vegetation, are built on dry ground near water.

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Photo of a female blue-winged teal floating on water with a few other ducks.

Blue-Winged Teal Female

The female blue-winged teal can be tricky to distinguish from the female green-winged teal. The blue wing patches and gray-brown speculum are usually only seen in flight. However, as they float on water, the dark, heavily spotted undertail coverts are usually visible.

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Photo of a male blue-winged teal floating on water.

Blue-Winged Teal Male

The adult male blue-winged teal is a small duck with a dark gray head and a white crescent on the face between bill and eye.

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