Muscovy Ducks

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Uses: As a broody and utility: meat.
Eggs: 60 to 150 Eggs.
Origin:
America.
Weight: Drake: 4.5 - 6 Kg, Duck: 2.5 to 3 Kg.
Classification: Heavy.
Colours: Black Magpie, Blue, Blue Magpie, Chocolate, Chocolate Magpie, Lavender, Wild (Mainly Black), White
Useful to Know: Drakes are almost twice the size of ducks. Both have very sharp claws so care should be taken when handling.
Photo: A Black Magpie Muscovy Duck.

The Muscovy duck is a rather unique duck. It is the only domestic duck not to have descended from the Wild Mallard. It belongs to a sub group of perching ducks called "greater wood ducks". Essentially a bird from the Tropics, the Muscovy Duck is native to some parts of North and South America but can also be found feral from time to time in Europe. Their feet have sharp claws that allow them to perch well (and can deliver a nasty scratch when you're handling them so be careful). They are a unique looking duck with a bright red crest (called caruncles) around their eyes.

Muscovy Ducks make a good broody and will often sit 2 or 3 times per year.

Muscovies were standardised in the UK in 1954 in 9 different colours. They are known as Le Canard de Barbarie in France and are used extensively for Foie Gras. In Germany they are called Warzenenten.

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