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Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Description:

"The Wood Duck is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is from 47 to 54 cm (19 to 21 in) in length with a wingspan of between 66 to 73 cm (26 to 29 in). This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus 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. The male's call is a rising whistle, "jeeeeee"; the females utter a drawn-out, rising squeal, "oo-eek," when flushed, and a sharp "cr-r-ek, cr-e-ek" for an alarm call." -Wikipedia

Habitat:

"Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds, and creeks in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Females line their nests with feathers and other soft materials, and the elevation provides some protection from predators. Unlike most other ducks, the Wood Duck has sharp claws for perching in trees and can, in southern regions, produce two broods in a single season—the only North American duck that can do so." - Wikipedia

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1 Comment

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 8 years ago

Wood Ducks also nest in BC. Could you add it to the mission too?
http://www.projectnoah.org/my/spottings
Thanks, and welcome to Project Noah! Iook forward to seeing lots of spottings from Vancouver!

rjarman79
Spotted by
rjarman79

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jun 30, 2012
Submitted on Jun 30, 2012

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