American Wigeon

Photo: Wikimedia
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Scientific Name: Anas americana

Classification: Game Species

Abundance: Common throughout state



American wigeon - drake (Photo: Donna Dewhurst/USFWS)

American wigeon - female (Photo: Wikipedia)

Additional Information

The American wigeon is a medium-sized, compact duck with a round head, short nect and small bill. When breeding, the male, also known as a drake, has a mask of iridescent green feathers around its eyes and a cream-colored cap running from the crown of its head to its bill. Because of this white blaze, the wigeon is also known as baldpate. Females (hens) are not as brightly colored, having primarily a gray and brown plumage. Both males and females have a bluish bill with a black tip, a white belly and dark gray to blue-gray legs and feet. 

Seasons / Limits
Youth Waterfowl Day(s)
Extended Falconry Seasons

Additional Info (including license requirements, non-toxic shot requirements, baiting information and various reports)

Permit Hunting Opportunities

Overview of American Wigeon Survey and Harvest Information - An Atlantic Flyway Perspective (PDF - 1.64MB) 

Satellite Tracking of American Wigeon

Report Bird Bands

Please report all bands online at

Please be aware that starting July, 2017, the toll-free telephone number that had previously been available to report bird bands is being discontinued. This discontinuation is collectively due to past problems with accurate data recording, high rates of dropped calls and budget cuts.  People calling this toll-free number will be directed to report their bird bands using the REPORTBAND website or by mail.  We rely heavily on your cooperation in reporting banded birds to help in their management, and we would like to thank you for your continued support in this effort.

Visit the Wildlife Commission's Waterfowl in North Carolina page for more information about management of wigeon in North Carolina.