Cairina moschata domesticus - Domestic Muscovy duck:

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Summary Information
Kingdoms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Anseriformes / Anatidae / Cairina / Species
Alternative Names
Wild Type ("Parent") Species
Comparison with Wild Type Species The domesticated muscovy duck is not dissimilar to the wild type, but is considerably larger, such that adult males are frequently unable to fly. There are a variety of plumage colours, the legs and bill are pink-orange rather than black, and the males have exaggerated red warty areas at the bill base, which are absent in the wild-type (B7).
General Description Females may be 7 lbs. or so, with males 12 lbs. and more (B7).

The bill and legs are generally pinky-orange and the ey eoften pale bluish. The large reddish warty areas at the base of the bill make the males rather ugly.

While some domestic muscovies retain the wild-type plumage and are basically black, others are white, silver-grey, brown-grey or pied (e.g. grey-and-white).


Further Information Domestic muscovies, like the wild type, are promiscuous and will attempt to mate with other ducks, geese etc. and will also fight even with waterfowl as large as swans. Muscovies generally do better in hot climates than do the mallard breeds. A major commercial use is in the production of Mule ducks or mulards.

The Mule duck or mulard is a sterile hybrids bred for meat by crossing a Pekin (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus - Domestic duck) with a Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata domesticus - Domestic Muscovy duck).


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