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I had a couple of visitors to my bird feeders this morning. Two cute Ducks!

Redheadedgammy 8 Mar 19
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I think I've I.D.ed the duck; it's probably a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck;

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Robecology Level 8 Apr 29, 2019
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Wow, what species? They are very special looking.

Carin Level 8 Mar 23, 2019
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What I want to know is why is the one on the fence staring at that wooden bird.

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Remember that Muscovy's are indeed friendlier than most ducks...but they're considered ecological disasters. They overbreed too quickly. The push out many shyer native species. They will defecate on sidewalks in local parks...and their feces contain the Psittacosis worm eggs that will get on your shoes and in to your toddlers' digestive system in no time.

They're a serious problem here in Florida...

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Robecology Level 8 Mar 19, 2019

They don't look like muscovies to me....

@Carin moscovy are white or white and black, and huge. They cannot perch well either.

@Allamanda & they have the red "leather" on their faces...

@Carin only males

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I love those ducks. I raised Muscovy ducks on my farm for years and they would love to fly around and perch way up in the trees. They were huge ducks, weighing more than twenty or thirty pounds. When they flew it sounded like Hollywood special effects for the dragon movies.

OldGoat43 Level 8 Mar 19, 2019

I don't know which Duck family these two are, but they are pretty with their orange legs and feet. They have been stopping by the last week and usually sit on the fence for a bit then take off. This is the first time I've seen them actually get in the bird feeder....LOL

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It's called a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck! Not very common...mostly a Mexican duck (watch out, Ducky...Trump fears/hates you!)

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That's kinda funny!

The one in the feeder was really going to town on that seed. Guess they wanted a little treat. LOL

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