Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

General Description: Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) are sexually dimorphic pond ducks. In breeding plumage, males are brightly colored and have a large tuft of feathers on the back of the head. Males have lots of colors, but an important characteristic is the white patch on the throat and sides of the face, which shows even during the non-breeding season. Females are streeked and mottled brown overall with a distinct white eyering and eyelines or tear-drop shaped white eye patch.

Favored Habitat: Ponds and marshes with trees where they can roost and nest.

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Where to Find: Wood Ducks are uncommon around Las Vegas, but look for them at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, the Pahranagat Valley and the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Comments: Wood ducks nest in holes in trees. They usually select trees overhanging water or near the edge of a pond. They also use nest boxes.
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Male and female Wood Duck
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Male and female Wood Duck.
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Male Wood Duck
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Male Wood Duck
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Female Wood Duck
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Wood Duck; this is how brightly colored ducks can hide in plain view (Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve).
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) If you were a seed or an aquatic insect, you'd better hope you never see this face!

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