They do have a distinct coloring: usually black/brownish with a dash of white. The male has a rather large comb or crest that raise when he is aggressive or want to show off for the female. The female has a very small red crest and her head is white. She is much smaller than the male, almost half his size.
Neither of of the ducks make any "quacking" sounds as expected. I have heard the male making a dry hissing sound. They are quiet ducks. One way for them to communicate is by shaking their feathered tails. I have yet to determine if they are happy to see me, or what?
I don't believe that these ducks are being fed by people in our neighborhood. This prevents them from following people around, begging for food, and making a nuisance of themselves. They are quite able to find food for themselves. They live on mosquitos and any sort of bug that is available. They also eat ants and spiders, even poisonous spiders. They nibble on grass and feed on weed. I've also heard that they will forage in a vegetable garden.
It is said that it takes a longer than normal time for the chicks to hatch. I may have seen a couple of duck eggs not realizing what they were; I have not seen any ducklings around the scenic creek this year. Is this the end of the Muscovy Duck dynasty?
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