855. Mareca americana

855. American Wigeon.
MARECA AMERICANA.
Mareca americana (Gmel.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 526 (1788) ; (Audub.), B. Am. vi. p. 259, pl. 389 ; Dresser, ix. p. 289, pl. 707 ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvii. p. 233 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 1160 ; Ridgway, p. 96 ; Saunders, p. 439 ; Lilford, vii. p. 104, pl. 42.
Male ad. (N. America). Differs from M. penelope in having the crown and forehead white, unspotted, the head and neck dull white finely speckled with black ; a broad space of metallic green extending from the eye to the occiput. Culmen 1.6, wing 10.55, tail 5.0, tarsus 1.45 inch. The female differs from that of M. penelope in having the pale parts of the head and neck whitish.
Hab. North America in general, breeding chiefly north of the United States ; in winter south to Guatemala and Cuba ; N. Iceland, where it breeds ; has occurred two or three times in Britain. In habits it does not differ from M. penelope, but is said breed always some distance from water, under trees or bushes. The eggs resemble those of M. penelope and measure about 2.06 by 1.48.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
855. Mareca americana
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
855
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
615
Common name: 
American Wigeon
M_ID: 
415
M_CN: 
American Wigeon
M_SN: 
Anas americana
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
9971

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