AMERICAN WOOD DUCK
(Aix Sponsa)
American Wigeon         Andean Flamingo


Geese of the World - Slimbridge
The American Wood Duck found in North America Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)

North America
Breeding Habitat - North America
Cuba, Eastern USA, South East Canada, Western USA, and Southern British Columbia.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
The Northern population migrate to South American for the winter near the Atlantic coast. Approximately three quarters of Wood ducks residing in the Pacific Flyway are non-migratory.

Conservation Status


Size
Approx. 480mm to 530mm (19" to 21")

Appearance - Drake
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 - Duck
The female is less colourful, has a White eye-ring and a Whitish throat.

Habitat
Wooded Swamps, Shallow Lakes, Marsh or Ponds and Creeks in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico.

Diet
Seeds, Plants, Vegetation and Insects.

Breeding Time
February to May.

Nest
Will nest in tree hollows, woodpecker nest or nestboxes.

Eggs
Quantity: 9 to 14.
Colour: Ivory-White

Slimbridge Wildfowl A - B
African Black Duck (Anas Sparsa)
African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus Auritus)
American Black Duck (Anas Rubripes)
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Ruber)
American Wigeon (Anas Americana)
American Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus)
Andean Goose (Chloephaga Melanoptera)
Argentinian Ruddy Duck (Oxyura Vittata)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna Tadornoides)
Australian Shoveler (Anas Rhynchotis)
Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta Jubata)
Baer's Pochard (Aythya Baeri)
Baikal Teal (Anas Formosa)
Bar-Headed Goose (Anser Indicus)
Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis)
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus Columbianus Bewickii)
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Autumnalis)
Black-Necked Swan (Cygnus Melancoryphus)
Black Swan (Cygnus Atratus)
Blue-Winged Goose (Cyanochen Cyanoptera)
Blue-Winged Teal (Anas Discors)
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta Brasiliensis)
Brent Goose (Branta Bernicla)
Bronze Winged Duck (Speculanas Specularis)
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AMERICAN WOOD DUCK
American Wigeon         Andean Flamingo
American Wood Duck
©Nigel Key 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.
   Hear the American Wood Duck's Call:-



Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2013) Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge May 2013) Female American Wood Duck (Slimbridge May 2013
Male 24/03/12
Male 25/05/13
Female 25/05/13
Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2013) Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2013) Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2013
Male 06/04/13
Male 06/04/13
Male 06/04/13
Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2013) Female American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2013) Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2013
Male 06/04/13
Female 06/04/13
Male 06/04/13
Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge March 2012) Female American Wood Duck (Slimbridge March 2012) Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge March 2012
Male 24/03/12
Female 24/03/12
Male 24/03/12
Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2011) Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2011) Female American Wood Duck (Slimbridge March 2012)
Male 09/04/11
Male 09/04/11
Female 24/03/12
Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2011) Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2011) Male American Wood Duck (Slimbridge April 2011)
Male 09/04/11
Male 09/04/11
Male 09/04/11





Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
Mandarin - www.slim-bridge.co.uk