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“Wigeon is one of the most popular birds with the American sportsman. Length about eighteen inches; the male has the forehead and top of head white, cheeks and hinged part of the neck reddish-chestnut, upper parts grayish-white, irregularly zigzagged with black, wing coverts white tipped with black, primaries dark brown, speculum green, edged with black; throat rufous, breast and belly white; the female has sober plumage of various shades of brown. The wigeon is one of the commonest ducks of the extreme N. of Europe, frequenting grassy swamps, lakes, and rivers, and feeding in the daytime, chiefly on aquatic vegetation. The American wigeon is larger than the European or common wigeon, and has the upper parts finely waved transversely with black and reddish-brown, top of head and under parts white. It breeds chiefly in the N. parts of America and is common in winter on the coasts of the United States and in the rice fields. The flesh of both species is esteemed for the table, and they are hunted both for food and for sport."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)


Birds: W-Z


Everybody's Cyclopedia (New York, NY: Syndicate Publishing Company, 1912)


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