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Photo by Forcreeks
Milwaukie, Oregon, USA
Aix sponsa


Photo © by katastrofa
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, Canada, 7 December 2019

43-51cm (17-20 in)

  • Metallic blue and head and upperparts
  • Thin white lines on head
  • White chin and throat
  • Sides of neck and breast dark reddish-brown, with white specks

Female and Eclipse

  • Greyish-brown upperparts
  • Brownish underparts with pale flank spots
  • White eyering and throat

Both sexes have a crest

Immature female
Photo by meschmalz
Westerville, Ohio, August 2016

Similar Species

Male & Female
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Robertson County, Texas, USA, 6 December 2020

Mandarin Duck:


Inland waters of Canada to northern Mexico, Cuba and the Bahamas.

Most European sightings are of escapes from ornamental collections.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds.



The nest in tree cavities, near water and will readily take to nest boxes. From 9 to 14 eggs are laid. The young jump to the ground a day after hatching.


The diet includes green plant stems, acorns, nuts, berries and seeds such as cypress and hickory, also insects.


Flight call (female): High-pitched aaankh aankh aaankh


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Hepp, G. R. and F. C. Bellrose (2020). Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.wooduc.01
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6

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