BIRD OF THE WEEK / WEEK 7: February 12, 2018

© Liron Gertsman

Bird

Wood Duck

Species Name

Aix sponsa

Appearance

47-54 cm length | 66-73 cm wingspan | 454-862 gm weight

A medium-sized perching duck with short legs short, pointed wings and a crest. They are about 25% smaller than a Mallard.

The Wood Duck is one of the most colourful birds in North America. The drake’s plumage is an elaborate mosaic of colours and patterns. The head is multi-coloured with an iridescent-emerald crown, several thick, white stripes, red eyes and a red bill. The hen is brown and duller with some duller, iridescent colour on her wings and back, a white throat and a prominent, white eye-ring. Both sexes have a head crest.

Habitat / Behaviour

Omnivore | Wetland, rivers, lakes, ponds | Lives 3-4 years

The Wood Duck feeds by dabbling in the water or by foraging on land. They eat seeds, acorns, berries and insects.

Breeding

Monogamous | Cavity nester |
7-15 white-buff eggs | 1-2 broods