Wood Duck

Aix Sponsa
The boldly colored male wood duck is a year round resident at the refuge, but is only occassionaly seen/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

Small billed with a long tail, this is a duck of wet woodlands, sloughs and sheltered waters where it uses its sharp claws for perching in trees. The male wood duck wears a beautiful coat of many colors. The female is brown in color and has a white eye patch. The wood duck is uncommon in the Refuge but is less likely to be seen during winter months. Look for females with young in late spring on ponds and slow moving water surrounded by trees.

Discover more about this unusual duck…

Facts About Wood Duck

Nests in a tree cavity or nesting box near water

Have sharp claws for climbing

Ducklings jump from the nesting hole to the ground or water