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Muscovy Duck

Cairina moschata

Muscovy Ducks are New World dabblers, but soon after the Spanish invasion into Mezo-America, these birds were brought to Europe and domesticated. There are three varieties of these ducks: domestic, feral, and wild. Wild birds are quite shy and not likely to frequent places where humans habituate.  Domestic birds are found on farms and in public parks. Feral birds are wild, in the sense of being free flying ducks, but the gene pool is not pure. The birds pictured in the gallery below belong to this last group. Their behaviour and any white feathers on their heads rule them out as true wild ducks.

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