Wood Ducks are probably the most
colorful duck found in the state.
Unlike most duck species, they nest in trees. They have been increasing in numbers, probably due to the huge numbers of nest boxes
built especially for them. They are more common in the eastern half of the
Habitat: Shallow lakes, ponds, marshes
surrounded by trees. Requires cavities for nesting
Diet: Mostly vegetable matter such as aquatic plants and seeds, also tadpoles,
insects, and snails.
Behavior: Forages in the water by swimming on the
surface, and submerging its head and neck in search of food. Wood
Ducks will also forage on land.
Nesting: April through June
in the southeastern United States, the Pacific Coast, and Mexico.
Similar Species: Female similar to other female ducks
Birdhouses: Will use nest boxes
built for Wood Ducks.
Conservation Status: In decline at the start of
the 20th century, they've expanded in numbers and range, in large part due
to the numbers of nest boxes created.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Wood Duck
Whatbird.com: Wood Duck
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