Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

The wood duck is among the most beautiful of all North American waterfowl. This species’ elegant plumage is a sight to behold for many bird watchers. This species’ scientific name sponsa, means ‘betrothed,’ referring to the ‘wedding suit’ plumage of the male.


The male wood duck is known for his complex, vibrant plumage – a mix of iridescent maroon, green, purple, and white. The female is mostly grey-brown, with white underparts and a blue speculum (wing-patch)…

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