Anas americana

Common Names: American wigeon, baldpate, American widgeon
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

The breeding male (drake) is a striking bird with a mask of green feathers around its eyes and a cream colored cap running from the crown of its head to its bill. This white patch gives the wigeon its other common name, baldpate (pate is another word for head). Their belly is also white. The hens are much less conspicuous, having primarily gray and brown plumage. Both sexes have a pale blue bill with a black tip, a white belly, and gray legs and feet. The American wigeon is a noisy species, and in the field can often be identified by their distinctive calls.

In Connecticut, they are most commonly found on ponds and lakes and along the shore line.

Edible Notes: Duck meat is edible. Farm-raised domestic duck is commonly available in supermarkets in Connecticut and is a good alternative. Duck meat (domestic) is a common dish in Asian restaurants, especially Thai cuisine.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.