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Nom de l'objet : specimen
Titre : Wood Duck (male)
Catégorie de l'objet : Unclassifiable Artifacts
Numéro d'accession : 1997.53.13
Culture : Canadian
Date de fin de production : c. 1900
Commentaires : Wood Duck, Family: Anatidae, Genus: Aix, Species: Sponsa. The Wood Duck is considered to be one of the most beautiful ducks in North America. Displaying a great deal of sexual dimorphism, the Wood Duck is a dabbling duck whose male variant displays a wide variety of colors. Having a multicolored bill, red eyes, a black head with iridescent green feathers on the top and white lines around the head and crest, a burgundy breast and flanks, iridescent blue-green back, and dark tail feathers, the male Wood Duck is quite unique in appearance. The female will have a speckled brown breast, dark bill, white chine, a gray head and crest, a unique white teardrop shape around the eye, and white streaks on the sides and flanks. Averaging in length at 43-51 cm, a wingspan of 71-76 cm and a weight of 680 grams, the Wood Duck is frequently seen in wooded watercourses, ponds, and swamps. A summery resident of the Queen County area, this bird's range extends all throughout the eastern coast of North America, from Newfoundland to Florida. The Wood duck eats a wide variety of material ranging from vegetables, insects, snails, tadpoles, and salamanders. Its ease in walking on land means that the Wood Duck can be found foraging there quite often. A monogamous, solitary nester, the Wood Duck has been known to use nest boxes. When not using nest boxes, the female Wood Duck will build a nest lined with down in a wide variety of areas. 9-15 creamy white, dull white, or pale buff eggs about 5.1 cm long will be laid in these nests. Incubation of these eggs will take 25-37 days, and will be done by the female. First flight takes play in about 66-70 days, and the young will be care for by the female during this time. In the northern part of its range the Wood Duck will only produce one brood per year, but in the southern part of its range it will occasionally produce two. While the Wood Duck has been losing its habitat due to drainage and lumbering, there has been an increase in numbers that is probably due to the decrease in hunting of the species and the placement of nest boxes. Prepared by Miss Leora Simpson, (1856-1951) around the turn of the 20th century. She appears in 1891 Census and lists occupation as a "taxidermist". Upon her death, the collection was given to the Gagetown School.
Hauteur : 25
Largeur : 38
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Établissement : Queens County Heritage
Ville de l'établissement : Gagetown
Province de l'établissement : New Brunswick
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