Wood Duck Negative Footprint
The Wood Duck originates from the wild mallard. Domesticated as many as 8,000 years ago, the duck has long served as a stable food source for humans. The duck’s bill, is designed for feeding on aquatic vegetation, macro-invertebrates, grains and the occasional vertebrate.
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Wood Duck Negative Footprint measures 2.95 x 2.24 inches. The wood duck is a medium-sized perching duck. Species name is A. sponsa. AIX Sponsa.
In the summer, Wood ducks can be seen in every state east of the Rocky Mountains and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The adult male Wood duck has stunning multicolored iridescent plumage and red eyes, with a distinctive white flare down the neck. The female has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. The speculum is iridescent blue-green with a white border on the trailing edge.
The male’s call is a rising whistle, jeeeeee; the females utter a drawn-out, rising squeal, do weep do weep, when flushed, and a sharp cr-r-ek, cr-e-ek for an alarm call.
Wood ducks can be found in ponds, lakes, marshes, and along rivers and streams. They prefer areas that have a mix of water habitats and forests. Wood ducks alter their diet throughout their lives.
Females line their nests with feathers and other soft materials, and the elevation provides some protection from predators.
Unlike most other ducks, the wood duck has sharp claws for perching in trees and can, in southern regions, produce two broods in a single season. They are the only North American duck that can do so.
This species is not threatened and due to its environmental adaptability, its numbers are considered to be ascending.
|Dimensions||2.95 × 2.24 in|