wood duck (Aix sponsa)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 13.5 inches Wingspan: 28 inches
A medium-sized duck with a long crest on head
Long-winged and long-tailed
Blue-green speculum with white rear border
Adult male alternate:
Alternate plumage worn from fall through early summer
Striking white stripes about face and crest with a large white throat patch and "fingerlike" extensions onto cheek and neck
Chestnut breast and neck with vertical white stripe at lower margin
Golden flanks bordered above by a white flank stripe
Iridescent dark green-blue back and wings
Adult male basic:
In basic plumage, the male resembles the female, but often retains the distinctive neck patch and red bill
White teardrop shaped patch around eye
Gray-brown head and neck
Gray-brown breast stippled with white and fading to a white belly
Dark brown back
Female similar to adult female
Males similar to adult females, but with white neck patch
Adult male is unmistakable. Female, immature and eclipse males are
nondescript, but distinctive in face pattern, shape and speculum pattern.
Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: Cavity
Clutch Size: 8-15
Length of Incubation: 28-37 days
Days to Fledge: 56-70
Number of Broods: 1, occasionally 2, especially in south
Diet: Primarily seeds, fruit, nuts, green plant matter; lesser quantities
of insects, aquatic invertebrates
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August R
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley