Coloring Page: Ohio Summer Residents | Wood Duck

We’re giving you fun coloring activities! Some birds like to take a vacation and visit Ohio during summer. You might spot them in our state throughout the year, but the birds featured here are most prevalent during summertime.

A male wood duck deploys his wings for flight.
A male wood duck deploys his wings for flight. Photo courtesy Bert de Tilly/Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Wood ducks (Aix sponsa) are one of the most recognizable – and stunning – birds in the U.S. Male wood ducks are easily identifiable with their brilliant colors. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology describes male wood ducks as iridescent chestnut and green, with ornate patterns on nearly every feather. That’s not the only feature of male wood ducks that stands out; males have bright red eyes and red-and-white bills.

Close-up of a male wood duck's head.
A stunning close-up of a male wood duck, showing its iridescent feathers and its red eyes. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region.

Like many bird species, female wood ducks aren’t as flashy as males. But, that doesn’t mean females are any less recognizable! Female wood ducks have a distinct profile with a white, teardrop-shaped ring around each eye and brown-and-white speckled feathers on their chests. Both sexes have a crested feathers at the back of their heads.

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A female wood duck
A female wood duck swims atop Sharon Lake.