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Widgeon

Widgeon

Widgeon, smaller than the crossword puzzle, he makes a wheezing voice, from which it is named. In winter, it occurs most often in Central and Southern Europe, rather it nests in the north and east of Europe and Asia. Wings return to their habitats in pairs formed during the winter. All species of ducks usually look for mates in fall and winter. Since then, attempts at mating have been noted, although the reproductive glands are still dormant. Copulation takes place on the water. There are great similarities among some duck species, and this by repeating specific mating gestures, with which partners mutually confirm belonging to the same species. The beginning of the duck hunting season often coincides with the mating season, Thus, the balance of the social structure of their population is upset. Today in Europe there are more and more attempts to adapt hunting seasons to the habits of ducks, so as not to disturb the annual life cycle of the couple. These measures apply especially to countries, where duck hunting is extended into late winter, endangering long-standing pairs.

Male a wigger is recognizable, even from afar, to a brown head adorned with a honey-colored stain at the front, and to a grayish dress. Green, the shiny mirror on the wings is fringed in black (1). In flight, white triangular spots become visible in front of the wings (2). The female warbler is modestly colored, as with other species. It can be recognized by the vivid green mirror and the brighter upper part of the wings (3, 4). In June, sometimes already in May, the female lays in a nest that is well hidden near the water 2 do 10 cream eggs; lays one egg a day. The eggs hatch by themselves for 22-25 days. Some specialists are of the opinion, that the chicks are looked after by the male (5). Game bird.