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Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds, and creeks in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. 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—the only North American duck that can do so.

Females typically lay between 7 and 15 white-tan eggs that incubate for an average of 30 days.4 However, if nesting boxes are placed too close together, females may lay eggs in the nests of their neighbours, which may lead to nests which may contain as many as 30 eggs and unsuccessful incubation, a behaviour known as “nest dumping”.

After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way.5 The ducklings may jump from heights of up to 88 metres (290 ft) without injury. They prefer nesting over water so the young have a soft landing, but will nest up to 140 m (150 yd) away from the shoreline. The day after they hatch, the young climb to the nest entrance and jump to the ground. The ducklings can swim and find their own food by this time.[citation needed]

These birds feed by dabbling or walking on land. They mainly eat berries, acorns, and seeds, but also insects, making them omnivores.

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  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitalmost 2 years ago

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartalmost 2 years ago

    She is gorgeous and very well captured

  • Thank you Thea!

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago


    27 April 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 2 years ago

    Awesome capture!

  • Thank you Rick! She has 11 babies.

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Very nice capture Deborah

  • Thank you Larry!

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  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture & bird my friend ! I love it ! Hugs

  • Thank you Tom! A nice person told me where they were. Hugs

    – Deborah Benoit

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 2 years ago

    Fabulous capture Deborah!

  • Thank you Roy!!

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 2 years ago

    Wow! Striking color and light! Love the sparkling water!

  • Thank you Angie!

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 2 years ago

    lovely image

  • Thank you!

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  • AngieBanta
    AngieBantaalmost 2 years ago

    GORGEOUS!

  • Thank you!

    – Deborah Benoit

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