Pal-Mates … weekend web tip

Who do you think you are?
 
Ancestry of our domestic ducks comes down to just 2 species; the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) and the Muscovy, pictured here.
 
The wild Muscovy (Cairina moschata) is a bird of warm climates. Though commonly seen all over the United States, truly wild ones are only found from Southern Texas to Northern Argentina.
 
Domestication over centuries has meant the Muscovy can be seen all over the world. Domesticated birds have many colour variations and have developed into much larger birds than their wild ancestors.
domestic Muscovy face
Prize Muscovy — Rupert Stephenson
Muscovy drake — Morag Jones
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