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Wildlife in Serengeti-Park

Muscovy Duck | Cairina moschata

The Muscovy duck, also known as the Musk duck, is a domesticated form of the wild Muscovy duck. They are native to Mexico, Central and South America and were previously bred by the indigenous peoples. At the beginning of the 16th century, they were established in Europe. The male (drake) has a low breathy call, while the females (hens) have a quiet trilling coo.

Serengeti-Park animals: Muscovy duck

The wild form had a dark plumage and the bred Muscovy duck comes in many colors. They show a pronounced sexual dimorphism in terms of height and weight. For example, adult females weigh up to five kilograms and drakes can weigh up to seven kilograms. Also, the eponymous wart-like humps on the beak root are more pronounced.