Pal-Mates … weekend web tip

W is for wild, introduced or domestic? When we talk about wild waterfowl in Britain, we usually mean the birds ‘ordinarily resident’ here, in their wild colour and form. Some, like the Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) or Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca) have been released and have naturalised, but they don’t really belong here. Introduced species […]

Pal-Mates — weekend web tip

M is for Motherhood and Muscovy. As a broody duck, nothing can match the Muscovy. She’s a big bird, but able to be gentle and diligent.  Despite looking fierce, with warty red caruncles around their faces, Muscovies are usually a quiet breed. The wild Muscovy, Cairina moschata, originates in South America and is a mainly […]