Wigeon - Anas penelope


This medium-sized duck has a characteristic rounded head. The male has a brown head with a yellow 'punk' crown stripe. The female is a soft ochre. These ducks make a memorable whistling call.

Identification difficulty

Lakes, reservoirs, gravel pits.

When to see it

All year but larger numbers in winter.

Life History

They eat aquatic plants and grass, and can often be seen grazing near to water.

UK Status

Small numbers breed in Scotland and northern England but numbers are boosted in winter by migrants from Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia.

VC55 Status

A common winter duck in Leicestershire and Rutland but scarce in the summer.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map