Monday, January 31, 2011

Here Comes the Wood Bride,

Probably the most colorful duck in North America is the wood duck. Its scientific name, Aix sponsa, is made up of the Greek word Aix, meaning waterbird, and the Latin word sponsa, which means bride or betrothed. Together it translates roughly as "water bird in wedding dress" which is a reference to its marvelous plumage. The common name "wood duck" refers to its preferred habitat of wooded marsh land.

5 comments:

J Bar said...

Beautiful shot.
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Irene said...

The male is so beautiful ... gorgeous colors!

GrammyMouseTails said...

I love wood ducks & mallards. they are fun to watch.

Martha Z said...

They are beautiful birds, I never tire of them.

Shahz said...

beautiful ducks.. hehehe!