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Duck, Wood bird pictures


Duck, Wood bird picturesWOOD DUCK
144. Aix sponsa. 19 inches.

This bird, without doubt, is by far the most beautiful of any of the duck family. Both the male and female have a long crest; that of the male of the most beautiful shades of blue and iridescent green colors, with stripes of white, the throat and under parts also white, breast chestnut with white arrow head marking, sides buff with black and white line markings.

Nest. - In the hollow of a tree, usually near the water. The
birds are said to carry the young from the nest to the water in their bills.

6 to 10 eggs, buffy in color (2.25 x 1.60).

Range. - Temperate North America, breeding from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.