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Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Considered by many to be the most beautiful of North American waterfowl, the wood duck is a perching duck that normally nests in cavities in trees.


  • Medium sized perching duck
  • Breeding male has an iridescent green and white crested head, red eyes, red and white bill, chestnut breast, golden flanks and iridescent back
  • Female is a drab version of the male but is considered striking compared to other duck hens


  • Wood ducks typically pair on the wintering grounds or on the return migration to the breeding grounds
  • Arrive on breeding grounds in April
  • Nests in preformed tree cavities made by tree diseases, fire scars, lightning, and cavity-making birds like pileated woodpeckers for nest sites and also use artificial nest boxes
  • Females lay 7-15 white-tan eggs which they incubate for an average of 30 days
  • Male begins to spend less time with female once she begins incubating eggs
  • Females stay with young until they have fledged and then leave to undergo a feather moult

Habitat: Wooded wetlands, rivers, streams, lake and river edges.

1 comment:

Alice said...

we have lots of beautiful wood ducks here in florida. kali and i saw a male and female flying across the pond up in maryland last week, too, so i guess they survive in all weather types :)