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Wood Duck or Carolina Duck
(Aix sponsa)
walrus
Description
It is a medium-sized perching duck. Adult males have shiny green-blue crown and mane, adorned with white lines. Chin and throat are white, extending onto face as white lines. Their breasts are maroon, flanks are buff, and the back is greenish; these three areas are separated by white lines. Females are mainly brownish, darkest on back and head. Their breast and flanks are marked with fine pale streak-like spots.
Dimensions
The adult's average range goes from 19 to 21 inches in length, with a wingspan between 26 to 29 inches. They weigh between 17.5 and 24 oz.
Diet
They feed on nuts, fruits, aquatic plants and seeds, aquatic insects and other invertebrates.
Habitat & Range
They occupy a wide variety of habitats including woodland areas along lakes, rivers, creeks, beaver and farm ponds and various other freshwater vegetated wetland areas. They are found on the east coast of North America from Nova Scotia in the north, to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico in the south, and west to the center of the United States.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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