• Wood ducks live in wooded swamps, where they nest in holes in trees or nest boxes.
• After hatching, ducklings will jump down uninjured from the nest, as high as 50 feet up, following their mothers’ calls to water.
• They are one of the few duck species with strong claws that can grip bark and perch on branches.
• These ducks exhibit “brood parasitism” or “egg-dumping.” Females visit other Wood Duck cavities, lay eggs, and leave them to be raised by the other female.
THREATS & CONSERVATION
Though it declined in the late 19th century, wood duck population has been increasing since the 1960s and are considered Least Concern.