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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)


Photo © Kris Petersen

Ducklings climbing out of nest

Photo © NestCams

Eggs

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Likely egg dumping occurrence

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Nest

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Eggs

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Recently Hatched Wood Ducks

Photo © Jerry Griffin

Breeding male

Photo © Christopher L. Wood

Breeding male and female

Photo © Christopher L. Wood

Adult female

Photo © Christopher L. Wood

Eclipse male

Photo © Christopher L. Wood

Male "jeeb" call

© George B. Reynard

Female calls, some male calls

© Michael J. Andersen

Various calls

© Wilbur L. Hershberger

Alarm calls from birds in flight

© Wilbur L. Hershberger

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

forest

lake

marsh

Substrates

Nestbox or Birdhouse

Live Tree Cavity

Dead Tree Cavity

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cavity

Chick

Precocial

Clutch Size

6
8
10
16

Nest Height

60 ft
2 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

28-37
days

Brooding Period

1
days

Useful Hints

  • The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times up to a mile away.
  • If nest boxes are placed too close together, many females lay eggs in the nests of other females.
  • The female lines the nest with down feathers she takes from her breast.