Wood Duck

(Aix sponsa)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Wood Duck

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant and breeder

Habitat

Breeding: Beaver ponds; wooded swamps, ponds; marshes with trees or extensive cattails; lakeshores with wooded edges

Size

15 to 20 in length

30 wingspan

      Photo by Becky

Identification

 

 
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Food

Aquatic vegetation, especially duckweed, sedges, and grasses; fruits; nuts

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

March to October


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Taxonomy

Order:

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)

 

Family:

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Wayne Rasmussen


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“The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times up to 2 km (1.2 mi) away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of up to 89 m (290 ft) without injury. They nest near this pond in the Maplewood Nature Center.”

— Cornell Lab - All About Birds

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Urban parks host a large variety of wildlife if you really spend some time observing.

  Wood Duck    

Kirk Nelson


Wood ducks (male and female) and female Hooded Merganser with ducklings

  Wood ducks (male and female) and female Hooded Merganser with ducklings    

Becky


Consistently around 8:15 p.m., this male Wood Duck and six others have been coming to our backyard (Credit River bluff area) to eat corn and birdseed. They are quick moving birds, making it almost impossible to take a sharp picture.

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  Wood Duck
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
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Ed McVicker
 
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JMC Nature Photos
 
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  Wood Duck 2008
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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2009

The colorful harlequin plumage of the Wood Duck makes it so striking as to seem unreal. Add to that its odd squealing calls and tree-nesting habits, and you have a most unusual duck.

 
     

 

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  Aix sponsa - Wood Ducks at Burnaby Lake
wetvideocamera
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 5, 2011

Wood Ducks at Burnaby Lake.

( Aix sponsa ) Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, BC October 5 , 2011

 
     
  Wood / Carolina Duck (Aix sponsa)
Mark George
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 4, 2013

Filmed in Western Canada

 
     
  Bird Haven Ranch Wood Ducks
Jay Goble
 
   
 
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Published on May 18, 2013

Amazingly successful: Paul Bonderson's Bird Haven Ranch Wood Duck Project

 
     
  Deb & Stu Greenberg's Wood Duck Pond
Jay Goble
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 4, 2012

A visit to that magic backyard pond which is a magnet for all forms of wildlife.

 
     
  2011-03-26 Wood duck with an attitude
h2otara
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 20, 2011

This time of year the Wood Ducks are much more aggressive and easily agitated. I'm not sure what had this drake so upset, but you can hear a hen Wood Duck calling an alarm-type call from "stage left," and that may have been what caused all of his fast swimming, crest-raising and posturing.

I apparently brushed the camera during the filming, so don't turn the volume up TOO loud--I don't want to break your ear drums. I have a LOT to learn about video compared to still shots!

 
     

 

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Wayne Rasmussen
6/28/2016

Location: Maplewood Nature Center

“The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times up to 2 km (1.2 mi) away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of up to 89 m (290 ft) without injury. They nest near this pond in the Maplewood Nature Center.”

— Cornell Lab - All About Birds

Pileated Woodpecker


Wayne Rasmussen
6/28/2016

Location: Maplewood Heights Park

Urban parks host a large variety of wildlife if you really spend some time observing.

Pileated Woodpecker


Kirk Nelson
5/29/2016

Location: Crosby Farm Regional Park

Wood ducks (male and female) and female Hooded Merganser with ducklings

Wood ducks (male and female) and female Hooded Merganser with ducklings


Becky
4/16/2016

Location: Savage

Consistently around 8:15 p.m., this male Wood Duck and six others have been coming to our backyard (Credit River bluff area) to eat corn and birdseed. They are quick moving birds, making it almost impossible to take a sharp picture.

Pileated Woodpecker


     
     
 

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