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Wood Duck (Male)

Wood Duck (Male)

The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck (Aix sponsa) is a species of perching duck found in North America. It is one of the most colorful North American waterfowl. A typical adult is from 47 to 54 cm (19 to 21 in) in length. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata). The adult male has distinctive multi-colored iridescent plumage and red eyes, with a distinctive white flare down the neck. The female, less colorful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. [Wikipedia]

Male Wood Duck with female Wood Duck in the background.

Wood Duck (male) with Wood Duck (female) in the background.

The Wood Duck is one of the most stunningly pretty of all waterfowl. Males are iridescent chestnut and green, with ornate patterns on nearly every feather; the elegant females have a distinctive profile and delicate white pattern around the eye. These birds live in wooded swamps, where they nest in holes in trees or in nest boxes put up around lake margins. They are one of the few duck species equipped with strong claws that can grip bark and perch on branches. [All About Birds]

Wood Duck (Breeding Male)

Wood Duck (Breeding Male)

Wood Duck Facts [All About Birds]

  • Natural cavities for nesting are scarce, and the Wood Duck readily uses nest boxes provided for it. If nest boxes are placed too close together, many females lay eggs in the nests of other females.
  • The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times over a mile away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of over 50 feet without injury.
  • Wood Ducks pair up in January, and most birds arriving at the breeding grounds in the spring are already paired. The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year.
  • The oldest recorded Wood Duck was a male and at least 22 years, 6 months old. He had been banded in Oregon and was found in California.
Wood Duck

Wood Duck

3 comments on “Wood Duck

  1. Amy says:

    Stunningly pretty, indeed! Interesting facts. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks. I find it kinda strange that the males are prettier than the females.

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      1. Amy says:

        It’s very strange… 🙂

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