American Wigeon (Anas americana)

Because of its shiny, white crown, this bird is often referred to as baldpate.


The American wigeon breeds from Alaska to the central United States, and from the northern British Columbia coast to eastern Quebec. In winter, this species is restricted mostly to the eastern Atlantic and western Pacific coasts of North America, with some populations also found in Mexico. Year-round populations exist only in small pockets in the Rocky Mountains.

Breeding occurs in fresh water environments. For a complete species account, visit the Great Lakes section.