Add to favorites
Wood Duck

Wood Stork

Next bird

Wood Stork

  • Mycteria americana
  • Egrets & Other Waders
Winter Wren

Previous bird

Winter Wren

  • Troglodytes hiemalis
  • Nuthatches & Wrens

About the Wood Duck

Also known as: Acorn Duck, American Wood Duck, Carolina Duck, Carolina Wood Duck, Summer Duck

Wood Ducks are a species of waterfowl that live across much of North America. Males sport unmistakably multicolored plumage which includes an iridescent green head, rusty red breast, and a red eye. Females are duller but both sexes sport a long drooping head crest.

Wood Ducks typically lay up to 14 eggs, but a nest may include 40 eggs or more, laid by different females. Nests are usually close to water in a tree cavity or a nest box. The nestlings will leave the nest for water just one day after hatching. They are able to feed themselves almost immediately.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 19 July 2010
Scientific Name Aix sponsa
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aix
  • A. sponsa
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
19 inches
29 inches
21 ounces
Range North America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • kachnička karolínská (Czech)
  • Brudeand (Danish)
  • Carolinaeend (Dutch)
  • morsiosorsa (Finnish)
  • Canard branchu (French)
  • Brautente (German)
  • Anatra sposa (Italian)
  • アメリカオシ (amerikaoshi) (Japanese)
  • Brudeand (Norwegian)
  • karolinka (Polish)
  • Каролинская утка (Russian)
  • Pato Joyuyo (Spanish)
  • Brudand (Swedish)

Related articles

Baby Birdorable: Wood Duck

Baby Birdorable: Wood Duck

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Wood Duck. You may be surprised ... more
Bonanza Bird #13: The Wood Duck

Bonanza Bird #13: The Wood Duck

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the North American Wood Duck. Male Wood Ducks, like our new ... more