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|I was very happy to find these birds. They are wild specimen, not the feral (originated from domesticated ones).|
From my recent vacation in Costa Rica
The Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) is a large duck native to Mexico, Central, and South America. Small wild and feral breeding populations have established themselves in the United States, particularly in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, as well as in many other parts of North America, including southern Canada.
The true wild Muscovy Duck, from which all domesticated Muscovys originated, is blackish, with large white wing patches. Length can range from 66 to 84 cm (26 to 33 in), wingspan from 137 to 152 cm (54 to 60 in) and weight from 1.1–4.1 kg (2.4–9.0 lb) in wild Muscovys. On the head, the wild male has short crest on the nape. The bill is black with a speckling of pale pink. A blackish or dark red knob can be seen at the bill base, and the bare skin of the face is similar to that in color. The eyes are yellowish-brown.
The term "Muscovy" means "from the Moscow region", but these ducks are neither native there nor were they introduced there before they became known in Western Europe. It is not quite clear how the term came about; it very likely originated between 1550 and 1600, but did not become widespread until somewhat later.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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What a beautiful species.It looks like this duck is going to a party wearing Jewelry.Very nice picture.Like its colour and presentation.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
Very interesting duck. She has an amazing head.
- [2013-11-03 4:50]
Fabulous focus you have accomplished in this palmípeda. Beautiful photography.
- [2013-11-03 10:41]
Lovely portrait of a beautiful duck with excellent
details and wonderful natural colors.
Perfect point of view.