Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fowl & Feathers



I love the red mask on this fowl's face - does anyone know what kind of duck this is?

6 comments:

Lynne said...

We have one of those at a pond in our neighborhood. He just sort of hangs out there greeting everyone that goes by. I'd love to know what he his!

Carol said...

Found this on Wikipedia: The Muscovy Duck, Cairina moschata, is a large duck which is native to Mexico, Central and South America. A small wild population reaches into the US in the lower Rio Grande River basin in Texas. There also are feral breeding populations in North America in and around public parks in nearly every state of the USA and in the Canadian provinces; feral populations also exist in Europe. Although the Muscovy Duck is a tropical bird, it adapts to icy and snowy conditions down to –12°C (10°F) and below without ill effects.

MamaFlo said...

Thank you Carol, very, very interesting.

Lynne said...

I'm thrilled to finally know what it is! Thanks Carol!

Original GRITS said...

Okay, admission time...I am such a ditz (I have admitted this twice today, it has to be a record!) that I didn't realize this was your blog! Duh!

Your shots are wonderful! You have some great talent, Deb.

Laura said...

THe Muscovy Duck is a common sight here in Jacksonville, Florida, where every puddle becomes a pond for some osrt of water bird. They are everywhere. They seem to be pretty tolerasnt of other species of duck and geese, as you'll see them engaged with flock of all typoes. They're not particularly pretty, and are incredibly messey.