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Muscovy Duck - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
Cocha Comungo Oxbow Lake, Peru, September, 2009
Cairina moschata


L. 86cm.

  • Dark
  • White in the wings
  • Long talons on feet
  • Wide flat tail
  • Bare red face with a caruncle at the base of the bill
  • Low erectile crest of feathers


Mexico, Central America and South America. Domesticated and feral birds are widespread.

Photo of domestic variety by Joe A.
Location: Houston, Texas


This is a monotypic species1


Forested swamps, lakes and streams.



8-16 white eggs are laid, usually in a tree hole or hollow, and are incubated for 35 days.


Includes plant material obtained by grazing or dabbling in shallow water, and some small vertebrates and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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