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Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Range

  • The United States

Habitat

  • Forested wetlands

Diet

  • Nuts
  • Fruits
  • Aquatic plants
  • Seeds
  • Aquatic insects

When ducklings fledge from their high-up nests they will jump close to 300 feet without injury.

This colorful duck is one of the few that nests in tree cavities but will use ready-made boxes. If the nest boxes are too close together females will lay their eggs in other females’ nests. Some of these nests may contain up to 40 eggs.

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