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North American Wood Duck: here’s the scoop

threats

The overall population trend for North American wood ducks is increasing. This species has undergone a 398% increase over 40 years.

Committed to Conservation

Natural cavities for nesting are scarce, and wood ducks readily use nest boxes provided for them. Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season and attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young.

Species

North American Wood Duck

Scientific name

Aix sponsa

Habitat

Wooded swamps, marshes, streams, beaver ponds, and small lakes

Diet

Seeds, fruits, grains from fields, insects and other arthropods

lifespan

15 – 20 years

Did you know?

Unlike most waterfowl, wood ducks perch and nest in trees and are comfortable flying through woods. 

Range

Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Bahamas

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant