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American Wigeon

Mareca americana

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Longer-tailed than Mallard with thinner, pale blue bill. Breeding males have prominent white blaze on forehead and broad green slash behind eye. Look for orangey sides on females. As comfortable grazing on land as dabbling in water. Often steals food from diving ducks as they surface.

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