Scientific name: Aix sponsa
Other common names: American Wood Duck; Carolina Duck
The Wood Duck is native to North America and is one of the most colorful North American waterfowl. The birds are year-round residents in parts of its southern range, but the northern populations migrate south for the winter. 75% of the Wood Ducks in the Pacific Flyway are non-migratory.
Wood Duck are popular additions to waterfowl aviary collections because of their attractive plumage. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of man-made nesting boxes in wetland locations if available.
Suitable Housing: Avairy
Capable of flight: Yes
Weight: 1.5 lbs
Noise level: Above average
Egg production: Poor
Egg color: White, Tinted
Meat production: Okay, but not generally raised for meat
What else you should know:
Wood ducks are a highly ornamental duck that if intended to be raised in captivity, must be raised in an aviary. Proper research must be done to create an aviary similar to that of their natural habitat, and to maintain a proper diet.
Wood ducks to not have the stereotypical duck quack. Drakes have a whistle that sounds like jeeeee. Hens have a squeal that is drawn out and sounds like do weep, do weep. They also have an alarm call that sounds like cr-r-ek cr-r-ek.
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We came to have these birds much by accident. A mated pair just took up living in the pond that was fed by a creek on our property. We built a duck box for them so that they could comfortably raise their chicks and they migrated that winter. To our suprise they came back the following year to raise more chicks. They are gorgeous birds. They were curious and liked to follow me around when it came time to feed the chickens around the farm..
From PaulS Mar 6 2014 7:17AM