Wood Duck

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.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & 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.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

Brautente [de]
Wood Duck [en]
Pato joyuyo [es]
Canard branchu [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Aix sponsa

Tags

wood duck, birds, aix, aix sponsa, waterfowl, ducks

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