Muscovy Duck

Cairina moschata

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

MUDU

Code 6

CAIMOS

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Muscovy Duck has a large range, estimated globally at 14,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and also found in Puerto Rico, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest and inland wetland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 100,000 to 1,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Muscovy Duck is Least Concern.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

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PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUMMARY

Overview

Muscovy Duck: Large, usually domesticated duck; wild birds are dark with white wing patch that is visible in flight; domesticated birds occur in any mix of white and black. Crested head; bare face, may be black or red or a combination, has large wart-like knob at the base of the bill.


Range and Habitat

Muscovy Duck: Prefers forest habitats near water; it roosts in trees at night and nests in tree cavities. Native to Mexico, Central America, and South America. Wild birds are restricted to the lower Rio Grande valley. Within North America, there are large feral populations in southern Florida and Texas.

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Muscovy Duck SONGS AND CALLS

Muscovy Duck A1

Calls from a flushed bird.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"ssssssssssssssssssssssss", "quack", "croak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Muscovy Duck doesn’t swim as often as other ducks due to their underdeveloped oil glands.
  • The domesticated Muscovy is the only domestic duck not bred from mallard stock.
  • They are also called the Common Duck, Forest Duck, and Greater Wood Duck.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including "a brace of ducks", "flush of ducks", "paddling of ducks", "raft of ducks", and a "team of ducks."

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Samira Belous

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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BACKYARD BIRDING

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X