13 1/2"

FIELD IDENTIFICATION: This duck is found along lakes and streams of the open woodlands.  Its field marks are large head with a sleek crest, short neck, and square tail.  The male's glossy colorful plumage is very distinctive. The female is identified by its short crest and large  white teardrop-shaped eye patch.  They feed on duckweed, acorns, and some insects. It nests naturally in wood cavities, but will accept a nesting box.

Photographed by David Hastings.

 (Copies of this photo are available for purchase at the club meetings or by contacting David Hastings, PO Box 769, Rhome, Texas 76078)


Photo by B.D. Deady

Wood Duck in the center and American Coots