Saturday, June 10, 2006

South Florida's Muscovy Ducks

Ever seen those black and white ducks that seem to be everywhere in South Florida? You know the ones... they have that red crusty-looking thing on their face. Few people seem to know what type of duck this is. I found out a few years ago they're called Muscovy ducks. The ducklings are cute, until they grow up, of course.

If you feed them, they'll keep coming around which means they'll also leave little "gifts" nearby, too. They can become aggressive if there's more than a couple at a time. Though I don't see it too often, they can really fly when they want to. I once witnessed a weird and unpleasant fight between two very territorial males... they were biting each other's necks really hard and it seriously looked like it wasn't going to end until one died. Thankfully, one of them finally gave up and waddled away, looking like it was hurt pretty badly. According to Wikipedia, they are considered "invasive" but are protected by a Florida state statute.

4 Comments:

At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Rick said...

Ugliest creature around but supposedly they are a Chinese delicacy.

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger Sleepless said...

Interesting... I looked into that and found this:

http://www.levillage.com/Detail.bok?no=500

"Muscovy duck has a unique taste. It is lean, meaty, tender, flavorful and has less fat and less calories per pound than turkey. They are barn-raised by Grimaud Farms in California without the use of steroids, antibiotics or growth hormones."

Apparently, they are not protected in California... maybe because there's so many anorexics there who like the fact that it has less fat and calories than turkey. Oh, wait! Isn't that why they eat tofu (bean curd)? Yuk!!!

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger fin said...

I love their blotchy faces. They have attitude.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

They are sort of cute, but like geese very messy (as you note). Whatever you do, don't feed them, particularly if you have a swimming pool. They are very hard to get rid of once you train them to hang around.

 

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