Is this a face that only a mother could love? Did my ducks mingle with a turkey?? Actually this duck is a Muscovy duck. He is one of three that were given to us by a friend. I should say he is one of three remaining Muscovies....a few perished at the hands of predators.
Muscovy ducks are originally a tropical breed of duck from South America, Central America, Mexico and as far north as Texas. They adapt well to colder climates, however. Unlike Mallard ducks, the Muscovy do not form breeding pairs, but rather mate "willy-nilly" with whomever they please.....as we have well witnessed. We have one poor Muscovy female (middle duck in picture)...and she is never lacking attention. They will mate on land or in the water...so even our pond offers no refuge for her. I suppose this spring we will find duck eggs in the vicinity of the pond. It would be so much fun to watch a family of ducklings grow....if only predators weren't such a big concern.