Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata (Linnaeus, 1758)

(Extremely rare escapee)

Domesticated Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata, Dam © Nigel Milbourne, 2013

  1. Two, 23rd-24th June 2000 (N.R. Milbourne).
  2. One, dead on last date, 24th Oct. to 11th Nov. 2013 (N.R. Milbourne et al.).

A species that originated in Brazil, and has a native range from Mexico through Central America to Ecuador and east of the high Andes to northern Argentina. The Muscovy Cairina moschata was domesticated in tropical America centuries before Europeans arrived there, and was brought to Europe circa 1550 and England shortly after. It has bred in the wild in Britain.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Davis, A.H. (ed.) Avon Bird Report, 2000. Avon Ornithological Group.

Updated 26 October, 2013