Adult males have a chestnut head; a yellowish forehead; gray back and sides; a white wing patch; pinkish breast; a white belly; a black tail; and a gray, black-tipped bill. Females are mottled brownish-gray with a white belly.
Noisy. Forms large flocks.
Wigeons feed on vegetation.
Migrates south through Jordan in autumn and north in spring. Winters in the Azraq region in rainy years. Occurs near water in Aqaba, the Dead Sea, and some reservoirs in spring.