North American Wood Duck

North American Wood Duck

North American Wood Duck
Aix sponsa


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

Southern Canada to northern Mexico


Habitat

Freshwater swamps, marshes, lakes, and calm rivers edged by forests


Diet

Fruits, seeds, plants and insects

Weight

16 - 30 oz.

Size

18 - 21 in.

Wingspan

26 - 28.7 in.

Incubation

28 - 37 days

Clutch

6 – 16 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Males have brightly colored heads, with iridescent green, blue and purple markings, red eyes and white lines running from the bill to the back of the head.
  • Females have brownish-gray heads with white rings around the eyes.
  • Females nest in tree cavities to incubate their eggs.
  • After hatching, ducklings jump down from their nesting site (which may be more than 250 feet up!) and make their way straight to water.
  • Females will care for their ducklings for six to eight weeks, at which point they will wander away to molt. Ducklings fledge at about eight weeks of age.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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