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Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Cairina
Species: moschata


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Glen Avon, California
Bartow, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Washington, Indiana
Metairie, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas
Spring, Texas
Blacksburg, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Nov 19, 2018, Rattlerjake from Fayetteville, NC wrote:

Always haters complain about animals. Muscovies are no more aggressive than other species of ducks, they are just bigger. I have been raising them for 50 years and they easily adapt to a variety of climates and conditions. A benefit to having them is they will eat mice and small snakes that other ducks will ignore. "Ugly"? Nah, they just aren't suited to people who are vain!

Great pets and great eating. Also produce plenty of eggs in the spring and early summer. Will nest 2-3 times per year.


On Jul 23, 2017, VooDooU from Yankton, SD wrote:

I used to own about 10 of these in So Cal. They are ugly, ill tempered but apparently the only non greasy duck from what I have heard. As pets Mallards are the way to go!


On Feb 24, 2016, Ronni92 from East Stroudsburg, PA wrote:

We own a home in Hollywood FL, where any birds are considered to have sanctuary, whether they are native or introduced, usually by humans. Muscovys are introduced there by humans, and live on the streets and canals.
We feed the birds at home in East Stroudsburg, PA, and when we are in Hollywood as well. These ducks are not aggressive, just opportunistic, and even know how to cross the street because they have to adapt or suffer the consequences. We buy pellets that are formulated for these ducks and provide fresh water.


On Jan 25, 2009, flowerfantasy from Washington, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very aggressive and a nuisance in this area.


On Dec 28, 2008, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very gregarious and frequently nest near or even under houses. Males tend to be darker with dark feet and females have more white to gray and tend to have yellow feet.