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Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Cairina moschata
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Anseriformes
  • Range

    This species is found from Mexico into South America.
  • Status

    The species is not threatened.
  • Habitat

    Muscovy ducks are typically found in forested areas near water.
  • Niche

    Muscovy ducks feed on plants, small fish, reptiles and insects.
  • Life History

    Males compete to attract mates, raising the large “crest” feathers on top of their heads. After breeding, female Muscovy ducks build nests in empty tree cavities, with moms protecting new hatchlings until they’re old enough to eat, swim and hide on their own.

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