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MUSCOVY DUCK

Scientific Name: Cairina moschata
Order
Anseriformes (waterfowl)

Family
Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans)

Habitat & Range
Muscovy ducks are native to Mexico, Central and South America. Small populations have established themselves throughout the United States and Canada. There have been reported sightings as far reaching as New Zealand and parts of Europe.

Identification
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Name: MR. WILSON (male)
Location: The Duck Pond; adjacent to capybara enclosure
Born: 01/01/2008
Arrived at EPZ: 08/04/2010
 
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Males measure up to 30 inches long and can weigh up to 15 pounds. Females are typically half the size of males. The duck is predominantly white and black, with iridescent glossy back feathers. Their most distinguishing feature is their brightly colored, fleshy wattle that partly covers the bill.

Diet
Muscovy ducks feed on plant material, small fish, reptiles, crustaceans, and insects.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Muscovy ducks mate on land or in water. Females will lay between 8 and 16 eggs in a clutch. Wild ducks are expected to live for up to 8 to 10 years.
 
 
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