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Muscovy Ducks

Scientific name:  Cairina moschata
Class:  Birds
Continent:  All
Habitat:  Forêt tropicale
Diet:  Omnivorous
Weight:  2.7 - 6.8 kg
Size:  66 - 84 cm

Of tropical origin, it is perfectly acclimatised to temperate climates.

Unlike most breeds of domestic ducks, it is therefore not descended from the Mallard. They live in monogamous pairs in more or less large groups and the males are aggressive towards each other at mating time. The duck lays between 5 and 15 eggs which she incubates for 35 days. The young are independent at 10 weeks and can live between 5 and 10 years on average. Ducks are omnivores and feed on plants and small animals. They are bred for their meat, eggs and feathers.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The Muscovy duck was first domesticated by South American Indians before being introduced to Europe by the Spanish in the 16th century.