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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)


Photo © Kris Petersen

Ducklings climbing out of nest

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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 © Ryan Schain | Macaulay Library

Female

Photo © Epi Shemming | Macaulay Library

Nonbreeding male

Photo © ann carter | Macaulay Library

Female

Photo © Larry Therrien | Macaulay Library

Male

Photo © Dorian Anderson | Macaulay Library

Male

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Female and immatures

Photo © Gerry Hawkins | Macaulay Library

Male and female

Photo © Janis Stone | Macaulay Library

Female

Photo © Michael Warner | Macaulay Library

Males

Photo © Paul Prappas | Macaulay Library

Male calls

© George B. Reynard | Macaulay Library

Female and male calls

© Michael Andersen

Calls

© Wil Hershberger | Macaulay Library

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.