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What am I?

I am a dabbling duck.

Where do I come from?

We love to visit the Solent in winter and come all the way from Iceland, Russia & Scandinavia.



A bit about me

We eat grasses, roots and aquatic plants. Our natural habitats are grasslands, wetlands, marine and intertidal areas. Some of my wigeon friends stay in the UK all year round and can be found breeding in the summer months in Scotland, Northern England and South East England.

The males of our species have bright white mohicans which help humans tell us apart from other ducks.  We are smaller than mallard ducks but larger than teal ducks.

Fun fact

Sometimes I will hang around flocks of diving ducks which are feeding and snatch food which they've caught from them when they surface.

Conservation status

I'm  amber listed in the UK .

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