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BIRDS

Pair of Wood Ducks - Captive

AMERICAN WOOD DUCKS

Aix sponsa

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Green manes, black face with white stripes, red eyes, orange bills, orange feet with black webs for males; brown body, black eyes surrounded by white circle, blackish-brown bills, yellow feet with black webs, blue and white wing stripes for females
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Wood ducks are unique.
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Trend Increasing
  • DIET: Seeds, nuts, fruits, bugs, and arthropods
  • HABITAT: Bottomland forests, swamps, freshwater marshes, and ponds
  • NESTING: Natural tree cavity or one created by woodpeckers, lined by the female's breast feathers, over or near water
  • BEHAVIOR: Dabbling ducks that feed by making shallow dives
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Can fly up to 30 mph
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Year round