The Wood Duck Essay

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The Wood Duck

Aix Sponsa or the Wood Duck is said to be one of the most beautiful breed of ducks in
North America. Just is name, Aix Sponsa, means "The Water Bride." Ever since the first
American settlers arrived in the eastern shores of North America people have been
mesmerized by the beauty of this colorful animal. But instead of just standing there and
marveling at it they hunted and used the Wood Duck as means for survival. This made the
Wood Duck one of the most popular games ducks in North America. And by the turn of the
19th Century it was on the brink of extinction. And from 1918 to 1941 a ban was put on
hunting the Wood Duck which allowed its population to climb out of any worries of
extinction. And today the Wood Duck still has a high population due to conservation and
regulations placed on it.

The Wood Duck itself is an amazingly colorful breed of duck ranging in many colors. The
amazing thing about this breed is that the males and females differ drastically from their
appearance. The males are more brightly colored with a dark body with bright red all over.
Whereas the female is more plainer with more gray and blue. You can always tell if it s
female and more importantly a female Wood Duck by seeing a distinct white ring around the
eyes. When both male and females are in full wing spread the outer parts show as if there
is an aluminum coloring which only occurs with the Wood Duck. On average the wood duck is
an average size duck. Males ,when fully grown, on average weigh about 680g. And females
average about only 460g. Naturalists have be able to state that the Wood Duck's closet
relative is the Mandarin Duck of eastern Asia. They share colors and features only
distinct to there breeds.

The Wood Duck is a North American and North American only species. It lives, breeds, and
winters in North America. They mostly range from the eastern United States to the southern
parts of Canada. There is also trace in some parts northwestern United States. And in one
instance the Wood Duck as been found in parts of Newfoundland. When winter comes the
northern duck will come down to the southeastern United States where it will spend most of
the winter until it then migrates back to the north. It is after the wintering time that
they begin to start breeding. When they arrive back they seek out secluded swamps or other
habitats and begin mating. And the female can lay up to 15 dull white eggs which it will
nest the eggs in the habitat until they hatch. Then the ducklings are fed for by the
female and the female would leas them to the nearest source of food and water. And usually
eight weeks later the female will let the ducklings go free.

The Wood duck is a herbivore mainly eating plants, and small vegetation. Which can
included duckweeds, grasses, acorns, and stuff like that. Though the duckling when first
born needs to eat a good amount of protein. So they will typically eat bugs in order to
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