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Duck-like Birds - Page 4

Wood Duck Fe

Wood Duck FeSize - 17 to 20 inches long.
Habitat - Wooded swamps, ponds, and marshes.
Nesting - The nest is a shallow cup of white down in a cavity 5 to 50 above the ground.
Eggs - 8 to 14, dull white or tan. Incubation 28-32 days, by the female. Young leave the nest soon after hatching; first fight about 7 weeks.
Food - Auquatic plants, nuts, and fruits; also insects, small fish, and crustaceons.

Wood Duck M

Wood DuckSize - 17 to 20 inches long.
Habitat - Wooded swamps, ponds, and marshes.
Nesting - The nest is a shallow cup of white down in a cavity 5 to 50 above the ground.
Eggs - 8 to 14, dull white or tan. Incubation 28-32 days, by the female. Young leave the nest soon after hatching; first fight about 7 weeks.
Food - Auquatic plants, nuts, and fruits; also insects, small fish, and crustaceons.

American Coot

CootSize - 13 - 16 inches long
Habitat - Ponds, marshes, and lagoons.
Nesting - The nest is a partly floating platform of reeds and vegetation.
Eggs - 2 to 22, buff or pinkish, spotted and brown. Incubation about 24 days, by both sexes. Young leave the nest soon after hatching; independent in 7 to 8 weeks.
Food - Aquatic vegetation, fish, mollusks, and insects; occasionally eggs of other birds.

Common Moorhen

Common MoorhenSize - 12-15 inches long
Habitat - Marshes, ponds, and lake shores.
Nesting - The nest is a cup of marsh vegetation, hidden in marsh.
Eggs - 4 to 17, pale rusty or buff, spotted with brown. Incubation 3 weeks, by both sexes. Leave the nest after hatching.
Food - Insects, seeds, roots, snails, and aquatic plant leaves.

Hooded Merganser Male

Hooded Merganser MaleSize - 18 to 20 inches long.
Habitat - Sea coasts, lakes, and city parks.
Nesting - The nest is a cup of grass and stems on the ground.
Eggs - 2 to 4, pale brown, spotted with brown and lilac. Incubation 25 days, by both sexes. Nest in large colonies.
Food - Insects and small fish; also scavengers.

Hooded Merganser Fe

Hooded Merganser FeSize - 18 to 20 inches long.
Habitat - Sea coasts, lakes, and city parks.
Nesting - The nest is a cup of grass and stems on the ground.
Eggs - 2 to 4, pale brown, spotted with brown and lilac. Incubation 25 days, by both sexes. Nest in large colonies.
Food - Insects and small fish; also scavengers.

Canvasback

CanvasbackSize - 19 to 24 inches long.
Habitat - Lakes, ponds, marshes, and bays.
Nesting - The nest is a solid cup of grass and stems, lined with down, concealed in tall weeds or grass near the water.
Eggs - 7 to 12, greenish. Incubation 24 to 27 days, by female. Fly in 10 to 12 weeks.
Food - Roots and tubers of aquatic plants.

Common Merganser

Common MerganserSize - 21 - 27 inches long.
Habitat - Wooded lakes and rivers; winters on large lakes.
Nesting - The nest is a mass of down in a tree cavity, hollow log, or crevice among rocks.
Eggs - 6 to 17, buff or yellowish. Incubation 28 to 32 days, by female only. Young leave the nest soon after hatching; begin to fly at 9 to 10 weeks.
Food - Fish, crustaceans, mollusks, frogs, and salamanders.

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