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Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Not really a ‘true’ dabbler, the male Wood Duck vies as one of the most beautiful creatures on this planet. Their feet have claw adaptations to help them perch on trees and other woody structures. This duck nests in hollows of trees, sometimes at substantial elevations. The very young often have to jump from great heights to find their first steps on terra firma.

Wood Duck populations reached a low point in the early 1900s because of habitat loss. In the 1920s hunting was regulated and people began building nest boxed for these birds and slowly the populations rose. Today their numbers have rebounded well enough that hunting has resumed on these birds.

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