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Wood Duck - Aix sponsa

Mid-sized migratory duck able to perch on trees. Males have colorful feathers and the species used to be hunted for its feathers leading almost to extinction in early 20th Century.

Common Names

  • Wood Duck (en)
  • Pato joyuyo (es)
  • Canard branchu (fr)
  • Brautente (de)


  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aix sponsa

Where & When to Spot

Wood Duck is a migratory bird spending winter in southern areas in the USA. While staying around Montreal, the species can be observed on ponds in forest areas. My favorite spot to watch this bird is Parc de Prairies during Spring.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

Park Angrignon, Montreal 2 0 0 0
Park Mont-Royal 1 0 1 0
Rapids Park Lachine 0 0 1 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

Males colorful feathers around the head are unique and allow identification. Females have a yellow ring around the eyes surrounded by white ring of feathers. Both have a red washed out beak with a black tip.


Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

A wood duck among wood. I had to take this shot as it the duck settings so beautiful matches its name.

Park Bernard-Landry - 2021-04-10

NIKON Z 6; 70-200mm f/2.8; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f2.8; Iso 180;

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Female on its own floating quietly on Mont-Royal's lake.

Park Mont-Royal - 2015-10-03

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 800;

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Male taking care of female as it is spring it may be part of the courtship behavior

Park Mont-Royal - 2015-05-03

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 180mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2013-11-16

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 84mm; Exposure 1/125; Aperture f5.6; Iso 320;

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