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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.

Did You Know?

The wood duck’s scientific name means “waterbird in bridal dress”, which refers to the male’s colorful breeding plumage.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Aix sponsa

North America

Wetlands and forest

1.5 to 1.7 ft

15 years

Zoo Location:
Swan Lake

Seeds, fruit and invertebrates