(Cairina moschata sylvestris)
Yes, the Muscovy duck is as friendly as it appears to be in each photograph. They are courageous and smart too. It was a pleasure to be in their company.
Okay, I’ll admit that the Muscovy duck looks like a war bird. I was ready to run away, but they looked at me as if I could hurt them. Then I realized how well they evaluate their surroundings.
On the top of the head there is a crest of erectile feathers which the bird will raise if excited or nervous – the crest is larger in the males. The crest will be raised by the males in courtship to attract a mate.
This was my first encounter with this duck family. I would do it all over again, simply because they stare with a question in their eyes. If you could imagine , the Muscovy expects you to repeat whatever behavior you exhibit at the first encounter.
The Muscovy is a very quiet duck; they do not quack like other ducks. They are usually fairly quiet unless attacked or excited. The females have a soft trilling vocalization while the males have a low hushed call.
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