Language English Photo: Biodôme Photo: claudelafondphoto.com Photo: Biodôme OngletsDescriptionDistinguishing featuresThe male has highly colourful nuptial plumage and a drooping crest. His head is brilliant green and blue, changing to purplish black below the eyes. The female is duller in colour, with a shorter crest. Her head is brownish grey with a white eye-ring. ReproductionThe female produces one or sometimes two clutches a year, with 12 eggs per clutch. DietThe adults eat fruit, seeds and land and aquatic plants. Their diet is 90% vegetarian. Insects make up 70% of the ducklings' diet. PredatorsTheir enemies are foxes, otters, mink and humans. HabitatThey frequent woodland lakes, ponds and rivers and streams. Ecology, behaviourWood ducks like to nest in tree cavities formed by woodpeckers. They will also use nesting boxes set out for them. Several species of ducks may lay their eggs in one nest. For instance, wood duck, merganser and goldeneye eggs have all been found in the same nest. French nameCanard branchu Scientific nameAix sponsaPhylumChordataClassBirdsOrderAnseriformesFamilyAnatidae (geese and ducks)SizeLength: 43 to 53 cmWeightMale: 680 g Female: 635 gLife spanIn captivity: 22 yearsStatusCommon in eastern North America, least concern (IUCN).