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Wood duck

Aix sponsa

Description:

The Wood Duck is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is from 19 to 21 inches in length with a wingspan of between 26 to 29 inches. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genes with the Asian Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata). The adult male has distinctive multicoloured iridescent plumage and red eyes,with a distinctive white flare down the neck. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, Wood Ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.

Habitat:

Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.

Notes:

Photo 4 shows the brightly colored male & much drabber looking female together.

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8 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Mayra!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Beautiful!!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Atul!

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

Lovely series!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Alice!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Perfectly lovely series.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Jack!

oxyjack
oxyjack 9 years ago

Nice photos Karen! Love the one with the male and female together!

KarenL
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KarenL

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Mar 28, 2012
Submitted on Mar 29, 2012

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