Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata

A Central and South American species that has been domesticated across the world. Escaped or released domestic Muscovy Ducks are increasingly common in the UK, with a few now breeding in the wild. Most do not resemble the predominantly-black wild form (though some may) - typically they are largely white or black-and-white, but there are silvery and brown forms too. Hybrids with Mallards occur, but the hybrids are apparently sterile.

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juvenile domestic Muscovy Ducks, Polgigga (Cornwall, UK), 19th October 2010

 

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domestic Muscovy Duck, Polgigga (Cornwall, UK), 6th October 2011

 

domestic Muscovy Duck, Drift Reservoir (Cornwall, UK), 29th September 2001

 

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domestic Muscovy Duck, Martin Mere (Lancashire, UK), 28th December 2003

 

domestic Muscovy Duck, Tattersett (Norfolk, UK), 15th April 2004

 

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domestic Muscovy Ducks, Tattersett (Norfolk, UK), 5th March 2011

 

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domestic Muscovy Ducks, Tattersett (Norfolk, UK), 3rd December 2011

 

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domestic Muscovy Ducks, Elsham (Lincolnshire, UK), 7th April 2012 - one bird per row

 

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feral domestic Muscovy Ducks, Washington Loop Road (Florida, USA), 14th April 2013

 

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domestic Muscovy Duck, Elsham (Lincolnshire, UK), 7th April 2012 - same bird as in last row of block above

 

domestic Muscovy Duck, Cleethorpes Boating Lake (Lincolnshire, UK), 7th April 2012

 

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domestic Muscovy Ducks, near Liwonde (Malawi), 27th May 2011

 

domestic Muscovy Ducks, Cape Maclear (Malawi), 18th May 2011

 

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domestic Muscovy Duck, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 18th December 2004

 

domestic Muscovy Ducks, Stanhoe (Norfolk, UK), 3rd December 2011

 

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domestic Muscovy Duck, Key West Botanical Garden (Florida, USA), 19th April 2013

 

domestic Muscovy Duck, Fring (Norfolk, UK), 30th January 2013

 

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juvenile domestic Muscovy Duck, Polgigga (Cornwall, UK), 18th November 2013

 

The wild form are sometimes found in captivity, such as here:

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captive Muscovy Ducks, Martin Mere (Lancashire, UK), 26th December 2014