Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Unusual for waterfowl, the wood duck often perches in trees and nests in tree holes. Strong claws on the tips of its webbed feet help it grip tree bark. The nest is never far from water though, where it typically forages for seeds, fruit and insects while swimming.

Fact File

lengthLength: 1.5 to 1.7 ft
weightWeight: Up to 2 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: Up to 15 yrs
habitatHabitat: Wetlands and forest
dietDiet: Seeds, fruit and invertebrates