Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

WODU

Code 6

AIXSPO

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Wood Duck has a large range reaching up to generally 6.2 million square kilometers. This bird can be found throughout all of North America as well as Cuba and Saint Pierre and Miquelon. There are scattered vagrant populations throughout the Caribbean and extending into Spain as well. This bird breeds in forested areas and then relocates its young to wetland locations in rivers, streams, creeks, bogs, marshes and swamps as well as lakes. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 3.5 million individual birds. The global population of this species has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach thresholds for population decline. Due to this, population trends for the Wood Duck have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Wood Duck: Small tree duck with brown back, white throat, purple-brown breast with white flecks grading to white belly; buff-yellow flanks. Crested head is green and purple with white stripes; white throat has two bars, one extends as a partial collar, the other extends behind and below eyes.

 

Range and Habitat

Wood Duck: Breeds across most of central and eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada and along the Pacific coast from California to British Columbia. Resident in the southeastern states, the West Coast, and scattered locations in the West. Preferred habitats include wooded swamps and freshwater marshes.

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Wood Duck SONGS AND CALLS

Wood Duck C1

Male call is a thin, high-pitched "jeeeeee".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"jeeeeee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Wood Duck young leave the nest soon after hatching. They jump from the nesting cavity, often high up in a tree, to the ground or water.
  • The Wood Duck is a distinctively North American species, as fossil remains have been found only in widely scattered locations in the eastern part of the continent.
  • The Wood Duck was hunted nearly to extinction during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Management procedures have been successful and there are now well over a million Wood Ducks in North America.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including "a brace of ducks", "flush of ducks", "paddling of ducks", "raft of ducks", and a "team of ducks."

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X