Wood Duck
Aix sponsa


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Field Marks
  • Red bill
  • Green head
  • Striking white stripes about face and crest with a large white throat patch 
  • Chestnut breast and neck with vertical white stripe at lower margin
  • Iridescent dark green-blue back and wings


Wood Ducks can be found in wooded swamps, flooded forests, ponds, lakes, or marshes. Natural cavities in trees serve as nests sites.


Common in the Atlanta area around impoundments such as the lakes at Lullwater Park or Piedmont Park.