WIDGEON (Curias Penelope). The widgeon is less than the wild duck, its usual weight not exceeding twenty-two or three ounces. The top of the head is of a cream colour; the other portion of the head and neck light bay; the plumage of the back and sides under the wings undulated with black and white lines; wing coverts brown, more or less mixed with, and in some birds almost white; the greater quill feathers dusky ; the two middle feathers of the tail longer than the others, black and sharp-pointed. The head of the female is of a rusty brown, spotted with black ; the back of a deep brown, edged with a paler colour; the tips of the lesser quill feathers white; the belly white. These birds are met with in great numbers during the winter months.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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