- a North American duck, Aix sponsa, that nests in trees, the male of which has a long crest and black, chestnut, green, purple, and white plumage.
Origin of wood duck
Examples from the Web for wood duck
Historical Examples of wood duck
It was from the head of the “wood-duck” (Anas sponsa), the most beautiful bird of its tribe.The Young Voyageurs
It was from the head of the “wood-duck” the most beautiful bird of its tribe.Popular Adventure Tales
And how is it with the other states that number the wood-duck in their avian faunas?
As I stood there, half-leg deep, picking them up, a wood-duck came flying down the creek and passed over my head.Wake-Robin
Among species likely to be exterminated in the near future are the wood-duck and band-tailed pigeon.
- a duck, Aix sponsa, of wooded swamps, lakes, etc, in North America, having a very brightly coloured plumage in the male