Wood Duck

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 19 July 2010
Scientific Name
Aix sponsa
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aix
  • A. sponsa
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
19 inches
29 inches
21 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) kachnička karolínská
Danish (Dansk) Brudeand
Dutch (Nederlands) Carolinaeend
Finnish (Suomi) morsiosorsa
French (Français) Canard branchu
German (Deutsch) Brautente
Italian (Italiano) Anatra sposa
Japanese (日本語) アメリカオシ (amerikaoshi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Brudeand
Polish (Polski) karolinka
Russian (русский язык) Каролинская утка
Spanish (Español) Pato Joyuyo
Swedish (Svenska) Brudand
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