• 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.


Though it declined in the late 19th century, wood duck population has been increasing since the 1960s and are considered Least Concern.