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Muscovy Duck | by Paula J James
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Muscovy Duck

Muscovies are not related to any other duck, some believe they are descended from geese rather than ducks. They originate from south America where their name is believed to come from their insatiable appetite for mosquitoes. They also enjoy flies, small slugs, snails and even frogs and newts.

 

The most obvious difference between them and other ducks are the carruncles (the red bits) on their faces which is more predominant in the males. Interestingly, in females the bright red dulls to a deep orange when they’re broody, right through to raising their ducklings. A blatant visual warning to the males to stay away.

 

This duck was in the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, Cae Hopkin, Abercrave.

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Taken on September 15, 2012