Water plants and insects, snails, small fish, crustaceans, fallen acorns and chestnuts.
The wood duck is a social bird, spending most of the year living in flocks of up to 300 individuals. Flocks break up in spring as pairs form for the breeding season, but then reform later in the year.
6-15 creamy-white eggs are laid and incubated for 28-30 days.
Numbers had declined seriously by the beginning of the twentieth century, due to over hunting. Protection measures and captive breeding programmes have led to a major recovery.
- Latin Name: Aix sponsa
- Class: Birds
- Order: Anseriformes
- Family: Anatidae
- Conservation status: Least Concern
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