November 9, 2015 – Eurasian Wigeon, Eurasian Widgeon, or Widgeon (Anas penelope)

Requested by: @derbytup

These ducks are commonly found in northern areas of Eurasia and are sometimes seen in North America. They migrate to southern Asia and Africa. Feeding almost entirely on a wide variety of plant leaves, stems, roots, and seeds, they also eat some insects during the summer. They mainly feed in the water, dipping under the surface to find aquatic plants, but also forage across grassy fields. During the breeding season, males display and compete for the attention of females. Females lay eggs in small nest depressions in dense vegetation lined with grass and down. The ducklings leave the nest soon after hatching and can find their own food with some assistance and protection from their mother.

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