It's All About the Eyes
Well, and the bill too. Now you can tell which one is the male. He has the red eyes and colorful bill. Otherwise, he looks same as the female. Nothing like the spectacular colorful feathers he has in breeding season.
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
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