Cairina moschata

Description

The Muscovy Duck is a large duck which is native to Mexico and Central/South America. All Muscovy Ducks have long claws on their feet and a wide flat tail. They are white or blackish, with large white wing patches. Both sexes have a nude black-and-red or all-red face.

Size

The drake (male) is about 86 cm long and weighs 4.6-6.8 kg, while the hen (female) is much smaller, at 64 cm in length and 2.7-3.6 kg in weight.

Food

The Muscovy's diet consists of plant material obtained by grazing or dabbling in shallow water, with some small vertebrates and insects. They generally feed on larvae, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails, crab and pupae usually found under rocks.

Distribution

Muscovies are native to Mexico, Central and South America - but they originated in Brazil. Some domesticated muscovies have escaped into the wild and now breed outside their native range.

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Muschovy Duck

Habitat

Inhabits forested swamps, lakes and streams. At night, they often roost in trees.

Breeding

The hen lays a clutch of 8-16 white eggs, usually in a tree hole or hollow, which are incubated for 35 days. When the chicks are born they usually stay with their mother for about 10–12 weeks.