Appearance - The wild Muscovy Duck has a mainly black plumage which has a greenish or purple sheen, the upperwing and underwing coverts are white, forehead feathers are long forming a crest, distinctive bare black-and red or all-red face with a pink beak which has a large knob at its base, yellow-brown eyes, long claws on the feet, and legs and feet are greyish-black. The female is similar but is much smaller, and lacks the knob at the base of the beak. The domesticated Muscovy Duck also looks similar but has variously coloured plumages.
Notes - The Muscovy Duck is a large perching duck native to Mexico, Central, and South America. It was domesticated in South America in the early 16th century. This is a non-migratory species which likes to roost in trees.
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