Muscovy Duck

T​he Muscovy duck is a large weird looking duck with a fabulous hairdo and lumpy patches of red skin that look like warts over its face that are called caruncles.

The oil glands in the Muscovy duck’s caruncles are very important.​ There are tiny, oily holes located in their caruncles, and when they groom themselves, they’ll preen and rub the oil all over their feathers. This ​waterproofs and protects them when they’re in the water.

Muscovy ducks do not quack​ they hiss, with the female giving a shrill call to her ducklings. Muscovy ducks come in a range of colours from black to pied (black and white), blue, silver and white.

We saw these at Fagan Park in Sydney.

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