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Wood Duck

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Wood Ducks have a boxy, crested head, a thin neck, and a long, broad tail. Males are iridescent chestnut and green, with ornate patterns on nearly every feather while the graceful females have a distinctive profile and delicate white pattern around the eye. What makes the Wood Duck unique is that unlike other water birds, Wood Ducks prefer to perch and nest in trees and can be found flying through wooded areas.


Wood Ducks thrive in bottomland forests, swamps, freshwater marshes, and small lakes. Wood Ducks prefer to inhabit areas that have 50-75% vegetative cover so that they may forage for food and hide from prey.


Photo taken by Sam Massey

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th3meadowscenter 8 years ago

The first picture is of male Wood Ducks and the second picture is a female.

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San Marcos, Texas, USA

Spotted on Sep 19, 2014
Submitted on Sep 19, 2014

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