Wood Duck

Aix sponsa
Wood Duck specimens on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Common migrant and breeder. Arrives in late February, nests from early March to early September, and leaves by late November. Found in freshwater ponds, lakes, and streams, and occasionally well up tidal estuaries. The female lacks the striking head pattern of the male.

Specimen Information

The male is at the top. 
Date:  10/1862
Collected By:  C Drexler
Locality:  Washington, DC
Sex:  Male
Catalog ID:  25903
 
The female is on the lower left.
Date:  10/1862
Collected By:  C Drexler
Locality:  Washington, DC
Sex:  Female
Catalog ID:  25904
 
The young duck (described below) is on the lower right.
Date:  5/29/1911
Collected By:  W Dorr Carpenter
Locality:  Potomac River, Montgomery Co, MD
Sex:  Juvenile
Catalog ID:  222442