Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck

There are wild and domesticated Muscovy Ducks. Wild ducks are glossy, dark-colored, and with a less-obvious white wing patch. Males have a short crest on the nape.

Domesticated Muscovy Ducks may show a varied combination of dark brown, white, and black coloring. Both types of Muscovy Ducks have the same red, wart-like spots on their faces. 

  • Cairina moschata
  • Length: 25 – 35 in (64 – 89 cm)
  • Weight: 102.4 oz (2902 g)
  • Wingspan: 54 – 60 in (137 – 152 cm)


Muscovy Ducks are predominantly from Mexico, Central America, and South America. However, escaped domesticated Muscovy ducks can be found in many areas.

Habitat And Diet

You can find wild Muscovy Ducks in forests with a water source. Domesticated Muscovy Ducks live on farms and parks. 

Wild Muscovy Ducks fend for themselves by wading in shallow wetlands for food. Domesticated Muscovy Ducks are comfortable being fed by humans in parks. They like “dipping” for seeds and plants.

Muscovy Duck Calls:


Nests of Muscovy Ducks can be found in tree hollows. They also like nest boxes. A female lays about ten eggs which she incubates by herself for a little more than a month. After birth, the female takes care of her newborns for an additional ten to twelve weeks.

Fun Fact:

Muscovy Ducks have been domesticated for a long time because their meat has a stronger taste than other ducks.