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The American wigeon is a beautiful dabbling duck with a heavily speckled head. Males have a white forehead and wide green stripe behind the eye, while females are generally plainer. Both genders have a distinctive light blue bill with a black tip. These ducks, while widespread, can be wary, though they do mingle in mixed flocks with mallards and other duck species. The wood duck is a perching duck with spectacular plumage. Males have bold colors with white markings and a vibrant red eye, while females are gray with a white teardrop-shaped eye ring. Both males and females have curved tufts of feathers at the back of the head.
The redhead Aythya americana is a medium-sized diving duck. The scientific name is derived from Greek aithuia an unidentified seabird mentioned by authors including Hesychius and Aristotle , and Latin americana , of America. It belongs to the genus Aythya , together with 11 other described species. The redhead and the common pochard form a sister group which together is sister to the canvasback.