Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid)

Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid)

Mareca penelope x americana

Status: Rare casual spring and fall migrant

Records: There are five reports, four with details:

         29 Mar 2021 Dakota Co (Huser,

         6-7 Apr 1994 Funk WPA, Phelps Co (Silcock and Rosche 1994)

         9 and 22 Apr 2000 Massie WPA, Clay Co

         13 Oct 2020 Sutherland Reservoir, Lincoln Co (Mlodinow,

A fifth report is of one at North Hultine Basin, Clay Co in 1998.

Comments: This is a common hybrid in North America (Mini et al 2020), although most records are in the west and east, with fewer than 10 for the Great Plains (, accessed Feb 2021) and only three documented for Nebraska. Such hybrids were discussed by Palmer (1976).

Acknowledgements:  Photograph (top) of a Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid) at Kramper Lake, Dakota Co 29 Mar 2021 by Bill Huser.

Literature Cited

Mini, A. E., E. R. Harrington, E. Rucker, B. D. Dugger, and T. B. Mowbray. 2020. American Wigeon (Mareca americana), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.

Palmer, R.S., ed. 1976. Handbook of North American birds. Vol. 2. Waterfowl (Parts 1 and 2). Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, and London.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2021.  Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid) (Mareca penelope x americana). In Birds of Nebraska — Online.

Updated 30 Mar 2021