Wood ducks are some of the most easily identified ducks in North America because of their bright coloration. Males are more brightly patterned than females. They are often found near wetlands or water sources. They forage for food on the surface of the water or walking on land, unlike many ducks which forage for food beneath the water. They mainly eat vegetation such as berries or acorns but will also eat insects. Unlike most ducks, they have sharp claws that allow them to perch in trees.
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Last updated: April 21, 2021