Chiloe Wigeon (Mareca sibilatrix)

Order: Anseriformes | Family: Anatidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male and Female | Loc. Chile

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Chile

Age: Adult | Sex: Male & Female | Loc. Chile

Age: M. F.  & Chicks | Sex: Female & Unknown | Loc. Pto. Natales, Chile

Identification & Behavior: ~51 cm (20.1 in). The Chiloe Wigeon has a white face with the rest of the head iridescent green (male) or brown and green (female). The upperparts and breast are blackish with feathers broadly edged with white.  The sides and flanks are rusty turning pale towards the center of the underparts. The legs and feet are gray.

Status: The Chiloe Wigeon is considered a vagrant species in Peru. The few known records come from Lake Junin and the Department of Puno. Further confirmation for these records is needed.

Name in Spanish: Pato Overo.

Sub-species: Chiloe Wigeon (Anas sibilatrix) Poeppig, 1829.

Meaning of Name: Mareca: Brazilian Portuguese name, Marréco or Mareca, for the smaller kinds of duck. sibilatrix: L. hissing, whistling. A duck that hisses and whistles.

Formerly known as Anas sibilatrix (2017).

See more of the Family Anatidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
Chiloe wigeonVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.