Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Muscovy Ducks, April 8, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Water World Wednesday

M is for Muscovy Ducks
Muscovy Duck, Cairina moschata, Ballard Park, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

Muscovy Ducks are native to Central and South America, but are moving northward into the United States. Though they are tropical birds, they have adapted well to colder climates. I made these photos at a park where they are used to people being around. In some parts of the world Muscovy Ducks are raised for food and are sold as Barbary Ducks.

They eat grass, water plants, small fish, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. Males are larger than females, and their wattles are larger and a darker red. I think the first photo is of a male, and this one is female. Both sexes have claws on their feet.

I was laughing out loud watching this one enjoy its bath!  (I never thought about ducks having tongues, but of course they do.)

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  1. They are unusual looking ducks. Great pictures.
    I feel guilty because I love roasted duck with sage and onion stuffing,
    served with an spicy orange sauce.
    Ducks tongues are considered quite a delicacy in China.
    The shot of the duck taking a bath was funny, made me laugh too,
    Good post,
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  2. Great shots of the Muscovy ducks.. The last one is funny.. Have a happy day!

  3. The last pic makes me smile. Great shots.

  4. They definitely are not the pretty ducks in the pond!

  5. Nice pictures and interesting information.

  6. Nice pictures and interesting information.

  7. So adorable! And the photo near your narrative about them being sold for food looks like he's saying..."Are you sure? Not me!"

  8. I saw several Muscovys recently living in a lake in a housing development near Columbia, South Carolina. It was so nice to see them - I've never eaten them but, back years ago when I lived in Northwest Arkansas, some people kept them as food and watch birds.

  9. Interesting waterfowl. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Great shots, Lea! We have sometimes Muscovy ducks, but they are not indigenous birds.
    Have a great week.
    Wil, ABCW

  11. What a great looking duck! I don't think I've ever seen one in person...

  12. What a fun duck to watch. It was as if he was saying " I am so glad that is over!" Great shots of a very colorful duck.

  13. I loved seeing these ducks, Lea! You caught some priceless expressions :)

  14. Not a very handsome fellow, but he looks like he has a good sense of humor. ,-)

  15. um kept Muscovy Ducks, and I was responsible for feeding them. They were not pets.


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