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November 13, 2004

Duck blogging.

A beautiful male wood duck that I photographed at the Florida Aquarium, Tampa, FL. Wood ducks are the only native perching North American duck species. They have sharp claws for climbing on wood. A female call sounds like "hoo-eek" which means "yo, dude!" in duck talk.

David Gorsline gives us a lot of interesting facts about Wood Ducks such as this: Like many Anatidae species, the Wood Duck is a non-obligate intraspecific brood parasite. A female may lay some or all of her eggs in the nest of another Wood Duck, to be incubated by the other duck. "Dump-nest" clutches of up to 50 eggs can result.

A. C. Bent writes in 1923:

No duck is so expert as the wood duck in threading its way through the interlacing branches of the forest, at which its skill has been compared with that of the passenger pigeon. I have stood on the shore of a woodland pond in the darkening twilight of a summer evening and watched these ducks come in to roost; on swift and silent wings they would glide like meteors through the tree tops, twisting, turning, and dodging, until it was almost too dark for me to see them.

More stuff about the Wood Duck at Birdzilla.

- posted by Mad Jayhawk and Seven @ 11/13/2004 08:30:00 AM    |

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