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Location: Birds & Bats
Tags: wood / duck / aix / sponsa

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)



Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
Order: Anseriformes, Family: Anatidae

You can easily spot a male wood duck by his exquisite coloring. He has a white throat and chin and bright green and purple feathers. The female, like most female ducks, is more or less brown. She has a white patch on her throat, and a prominent white eye-ring. Male and female wood ducks have well-defined head crests and long, dark, square tails that help identify them in flight. Wood ducks are some of the smallest ducks of all. They never weigh more than 2 pounds, and measure 17 to 20 inches in length. They ride higher in the water than other ducks and are "dabblers," meaning they don't dive for food, but feed on the surface.



  • You can easily spot a male wood duck by his exquisite coloring. He has a white throat and chin and bright green and purple feathers. The female, like most female ducks, is more or less brown. She has a white patch on her throat, and a prominent white eye-ring. Male and female wood ducks have well-defined head crests and long, dark, square tails that help identify them in flight.
  • Wood ducks are some of the smallest ducks of all. They never weigh more than 2 pounds, and measure 17 to 20 inches in length.
  • They ride higher in the water than other ducks and are "dabblers," meaning they don't dive for food, but feed on the surface.



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