Wood Duck — Aix sponsa

Order Anseriformes
Family Anatidae
Genus Aix
Species sponsa
The male is a highly colored duck with a greenish head and back and a chestnut chest. It has a bizarre face pattern, swept­back crest and rainbow iridescence making it one of the more attractive ducks. The female is dull colored with a dark crested head and a white eye patch. They are known to nest in tree hollows or nest boxes near wooded swamps, rivers or ponds.
Wood Duck
© Diane Lepkowski

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© Lisa Bauer,
March 2011

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