Wood Duck - Aix sponsa

    Alternative names
    Carolina Duck

    A brightly coloured and distinctively patterned bird, it is considered to be one of the most stunning of all waterfowl and the male has particularly colourful breeding plumage. It is one of just a few ducks with strong claws that allow it to perch in trees. A relatively small duck, the Wood Duck has a crested head, a thin neck, short, broad wings and a large, rectangular tail.

    Identification difficulty

    Lakes and open water.

    When to see it

    Mainly recorded from late September to March.

    Life History

    Unlike most ducks, the wood duck nests in tree holes, and on leaving the nest the young may have to leap to the ground from great heights.

    UK Status

    This feral species is occasional but widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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