Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks
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Wood Ducks

A PAIR is a male/female pair of unrelated birds.

  • Breeding season March-April
  • Clutch size 9-12 eggs
  • Incubation period 25-35 days (Wood ducks require a raised box for nesting)
  • 1.5-2.1 pounds 

Wood ducks are found on both coasts of the United States and across the southern portion of the country. They migrate from cooler areas, but in many parts of the south, they live year-round. Wood ducks prefer swampy, wet areas with trees. They spend a great deal of time on the water, and that is where they obtain most of their food, but they nest in cavities of trees.

Wood ducks are "perching" ducks because their feet are adapted for perching on branches and they can walk well on land. They are also called "dabblers" because they generally make shallow dives with their heads and keep their tails above water. Hence, a habitat that allows them to both perch and dabble is preferable.

Arguably the male Wood duck during breeding season is the most colorful North American waterfowl. With an unusual crested head, bold, bright white striping, a dark red breast, an iridescent green head, and startling red eyes, the breeding male certainly catches the eye.

During the summer the male more closely resembles the not-so-flashy female, whose plumage is browner with white markings and a white eye-ring.

In fact, wild populations of Wood ducks are healthy enough that they are hunted throughout North America during certain seasons.

 Wood ducks will readily use nesting boxes when placed near water. They are popular among those who raise waterfowl because of the beauty and striking appearance of the male during breeding season.


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