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Wood Duck (Juvenile Male)

Aix sponsa


Juvenile males look very similar to female wood ducks. However, the juvenile males do have bright reddish-brown eyes and white markings on their face, similar to mature males. Overall, they are gray-brown with a white-speckled breast.


On a very green pond at Fairfield Audubon

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Thank you Jellis!

Jellis 3 years ago

This is an immature male Wood duck

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Thanks Donna. I'm still not sure about this one - it has a reddish eye and a white pattern on the face like a male would, but it has the overall coloring of a female. That's why I thought maybe it was a juvenile male? Or maybe a male with eclipse plumage. I've only seen adult male and female wood ducks before, and this didn't quite match with what I've seen in the past, but I'm certainly not an expert...

DonnaRussellLeBrun 3 years ago

female wood duck. males are much more colorful

Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Aug 6, 2016
Submitted on Aug 7, 2016

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