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The male wood duck is colorful but secretive. It lives along forested waterways, where it nests with its mate in tree cavities. The only way you may know wood ducks are near is by their high, soft whistle. Young wood ducks drop from their nest and into the water a day after they hatch. In fall, the male loses his breeding plumage and takes on the drab colors of winter. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.
Cormorant males sport small feather tufts on either side of their head, but only during breeding season. These social birds nest near water, where they dive for fish. When a cormorant pops up for air, only its neck and head show above water. It sinks so low because its feathers have few of the oils that keep other water birds afloat. Cormorants spread their wings in the sun to dry out their feathers. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill