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Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photo taken at an urban pond in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ponds and slow moving rivers are scarce in the Sonoran Desert, but where such waters are present aquatic birds are often abundant. Among the most spectacular of these is the drake (male) Wood Duck. And, because these ducks nest in trees, their presence in the desert is more restricted in that they are normally here only during their non-breeding seasons.

Winter Resident - migration from north - mostly absent in summer

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