The Maryland Zoo is home to some of North America’s most beautiful birds: wood ducks! These colorful ducks are part of the group known as “dabbling ducks” because when they look for food, they dip their heads into the water. In the summer, they’re found in the eastern half of the US, along with the far west coast. They live in forested wetlands, river, and ponds.

Wood ducks are some of the only North American ducks to nest in tree cavities. Their nests are sometimes 250 feet off the ground, and when the ducklings are born, they jump down and make their way to water!

 

Photo from Maryland Zoo website

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