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North American Wood Duck


North America and Canada


Woodlands and water ponds/marshes. They nest 50 feet above the ground in tree cavities.


They are widely regarded as the loveliest of America waterfowl. Multi-colored green/brown, red eye, blue/beige and brown male. Female is gray and white with streaked breast, with a white eye ring. Crested with long tail and bold face pattern. These birds usually are seen in pairs.


Rapid flight, surface feeder and generally a non-diving duck. They return year after year to the same nesting site. At one day old, the young will jump from the nest to a tree hole, and then to the ground for their first swimming lesson.


8-14 eggs laid in a tree nest. Incubation is 28-32 days and is solely the responsibility of the female.

About Our Animals:

This animal species is not currently in the Zoo\\\\\\\'s collection. We have wild species that live in the Discovery Land Duck Pond.

North American Wood Duck
Class: aves
Genus: Aix
Species: sponsa
Length: 17-20 inches
Average Lifespan: 7.5
Wild Diet: Aquatic plants, nuts, fruit, also some insects and small fish.
Predators: Man
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? Discovery Land: Duck Pond

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