Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

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  • Wood Duck |  Photo: NPS
  • Wood Duck |  Photo: NPS
  • Wood Duck |  Photo: NPS
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Basic Information

Order

Anseriformes

Family

Anatidae

Size

Wood Ducks grow to about 18.25 to 21.5 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 15 years

Weight

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) facts, habitat, range, duck pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the waterfowl.

Diet

Wood Ducks are omnivores that feed on insects, seeds, nuts and fruits.

Behavior

Dabbler

Range

Nationwide

Nest Placement

Cavity

Number of Offspring

7–14 Eggs

Egg Description

Cream White - Tan

Condition at Hatching

Active, down covered

Social Status

Small Flocks

Wingspan

25.75–28.75 in

What does the Wood Duck look like?

Wood Ducks are truly stunning waterfowl. Males have deep forest green heads with white streaks and brilliant red eyes, dark chestnut brown chests that are specked with white and tan sides. Females are a grayish brown with white-specked breasts.

Wood Duck Habitat

Lakes-Ponds

Wood Duck Facts

Wood Ducks are beautiful waterfowl. Males have amazing coloration that is sure to stir your inner photographer. They have extremely strong claws which make it possible for them to perch in trees. They also nest in trees, which is unusual for waterfowl. Their numbers suffered serious decline in the early 20th century due to unregulated hunting and habitat loss. Recently their numbers have rebounded strongly. Factors contributing to the turn around include, expanding American Beaver populations, which create ideal habitats for Wood Ducks, construction of Wood Duck boxes for breeding and conscious efforts to conserve habitat.

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