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American Wigeon

Anas americana
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Habitat: Shallow wetlands, lake edges and ponds.

Description: Male: White forehead with a green stripe running back from each eye.  Female: Greyish head.  Both have large white patches on their wings, with cinnamon colored breasts, and a grey bill with a black tip.

Size: 46-58cm long

Diet: Aquatic leaves, the stems of pondweeds, and young shoots of plants in fields.

Fun Facts: They are much better walkers than most ducks, so they are able to graze on shore, as well as in the water.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing

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Arctic Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon

Habitat: The Arctic Skipper can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to June.  Prefers open areas of poplar and mixed forests.  Once found throughout North America, Europe and Asia the Arctic Skipper is now extinct in England due to habitat disturbance and pesticide use.

Description: The Arctic Skipper is the most recognizable of Albertan Skippers.   It is...

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