American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2011)
The American Wood Duck, also known as the Carolina Duck, is a Perching duck. It is closely related to the Mandarin duck with which it shares it genus (Aix galericulata).
The American Wood Duck was in serious decline by the end of the 19th century due to hunting and habitat loss. The Migratory Bird Act was enacted in 1918 to end unregulated hunting and protect remaining habitat.
Over recent years the population has increased substantialy due to the increased use of nest boxes to encourage breeding.
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480mm to 530mm (19" to 21")
Appearance - Male
The adult male has multicoloured iridescent plumage, long Green/Blue metallic crest, a Red bill with Yellow edging, a Red/Brown breast, Red eyes, a distinctive White flare round the throat and neck. The underbelly is a light Whitish colour with light Yellow legs and feet.
Appearance - Female
The female is less colourful, has a White eye-ring and a Whitish throat.
Wooded Swamps, Shallow Lakes, Marsh or Ponds and Creeks in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico.
Seeds, Plants, Vegetation and Insects.
February to May.
Will nest in tree hollows, woodpecker nest or nestboxes.
Quantity: 9 to 14