Wood Ducks can grow to 17-20 inches. Their diet consists of berries, seeds, aquatic insects, snails, acorns, aquatic plant matter, tadpoles, fish and crustaceans. They can be found in river, wooded swamp, pond, shallow lakes and marsh habitats. They range from parts of southern Canada to much of the United States down into Mexico and the Caribbean. Wood Ducks usually nest in a tree cavity that is 20-50' in the air not necessarily over water. When the young are ready to come out of the nest, they will leap out of the nest, falling to the ground and then bounce onto the ground like a tennis ball. Fortunately, they are well adapted to withstand such a fall without injury. Some may jump from a height of almost 300' without injury to themselves.
Exhibit: Cypress Creek Aviary