Scientific name: Cairina moschata
The Muscovy duck is a large duck native to Mexico, Central, and South America. Muscovies communicate with one another by wagging their tails and raising and lowering their heads at one another.
They are large ducks, with the males about 76 cm long, and weighing up to 7 kg. Females are considerably smaller, and only grow to 3 kg, roughly half the males size. The bird is predominantly black and white, with the back feathers being iridescent and glossy in males, while the females are more drab.
Although the Muscovy duck is a tropical bird, it adapts well to cooler climates, thriving in weather as cold as −12 °C and able to survive even colder conditions.
Muscovy ducks prefer watery habitats with dense vegetation and large trees, like rivers, brackish coastal wetlands, ponds and wooded swamps.
The diet of these omnivorous birds includes small fishes, crustaceans, termites, millipedes and even small reptiles. They also eat various plant materials like tree roots, leaves, stem as well as terrestrial and aquatic plant seeds including agricultural crops.