- Aix sponsa
43-51cm (17-20 in)
- Metallic blue and head and upperparts
- Thin white lines on head
- White chin and throat
- Sides of neck and breast dark reddish-brown, with white specks
Female and Eclipse
- Greyish-brown upperparts
- Brownish underparts with pale flank spots
- White eyering and throat
Both sexes have a crest
Most European sightings are of escapes from ornamental collections.
Wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds.
The nest in tree cavities, near water and will readily take to nest boxes. From 9 to 14 eggs are laid. The young jump to the ground a day after hatching.
The diet includes green plant stems, acorns, nuts, berries and seeds such as cypress and hickory, also insects.
Flight call (female): High-pitched aaankh aankh aaankh
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Hepp, G. R. and F. C. Bellrose (2020). Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.wooduc.01
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6