The male Wood Duck's bright colors are distinctive with a good view. The Green-winged Teal sports similar green-and-chestnut colors, but it has a different shape, lacks the Wood Duck's bold white striping, and is more solid gray on the breast and sides. Likewise, the very common Mallard has a crestless silhouette, lacks bold white striping, and has much paler sides. The Mandarin Duck is a fairly common captive or domestic duck that you may encounter as an escape. Males are ornate, like Wood Ducks, but the head is white and orange instead of green. Female Wood Ducks are a plainer or smoother brown than most other female ducks, with much less mottling or streaking, and they have a bold white eyering and stripe behind the eye—this combined with the Wood Duck's distinctive shape sets them apart. In flight, Wood Ducks could be confused with Hooded Mergansers, which live in similar habitats. Hooded Mergansers have much faster wingbeats, a smaller body and even more direct flight.