Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Mid-sized migratory duck able to perch on trees. Males have colorful feathers and the species used to be hunted for its feathers leading almost to extinction in early 20th Century.

How To Identify

Males colorful feathers around the head are unique and allow identification. Females have a yellow ring around the eyes surrounded by white ring of feathers. Both have a red washed out beak with a black tip.

Where and When to Spot

Wood Duck is a migratory bird spending winter in southern areas in the USA. While staying around Montreal, the species can be observed on ponds in forest areas. My favorite spot to watch this bird is Parc de Prairies during Spring.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc des Prairies

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

    NIKON Z 6
    70-200mm f/2.8

    Focal Length 200mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f2.8
    ISO 180

  • Park Mont Royal

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/250s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 800

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 180mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 400

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, November 16, 2013

    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
    4.3-215.0 mm

    Focal Length 84mm
    Shutter Speed 1/125s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 320