widgeon

noun

wid·​geon

variant spelling of wigeon

: any of several freshwater ducks (genus Anas): such as
a
: an Old World duck (Anas penelope) having a large white patch on each wing with the male having a reddish-brown head and buff crown

Examples of widgeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Canvasback Duck Distribution Unlike pintails, widgeon, and green-wing teal, canvasback ducks are almost exclusively a bird of North America, found in all four flyways. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 8 Nov. 2023 Duck hunters look for teal, widgeon and pintails that feed on small invertebrates and vegetation in the shallows. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2022 No more snipe whistling in the meadow, no more piping of widgeons and chattering of teal as darkness covers the marshes; no more whistling of swift wings when the morning star pales in the east? Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2023 The flock of perhaps 30 widgeon dipped low over the decoys swaying in the current of the tidal slough. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Oct. 2020 Cheyenne, our old lady of a Lab, now retired, retrieved a single widgeon once after a long day of jump shooting. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2021

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“Widgeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widgeon. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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