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Robert D. McAlpine | profile | all galleries >> CLASS: AVES - Birds - Oiseaux >> FAMILY ANATIDAE - Ducks, Geese, and Swans >> Wood Duck - (Aix sponsa) - Canard branchu tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Wood Duck - (Aix sponsa) - Canard branchu

This very attractive duck is the only North American member of genus Aix. The other species of this genus is the very attractive Asian Mardarin Duck (Aix galericulata). These were once thought to belong to a Subfamily ("Cairininae") of "perching ducks". Modern Molecular Biology has shown this to be incorrect.



Drake in breeding plumage
Drake in breeding plumage
Drake in non-breeding plumage
Drake in non-breeding plumage
Wood duck pair in breeding plumage
Wood duck pair in breeding plumage
Pair in non-breeding plumage
Pair in non-breeding plumage
Female Wood Duck with ducklings
Female Wood Duck with ducklings
Female
Female
Female
Female
Duckling
Duckling
This duckling was venturing forth alone.
This duckling was venturing forth alone.