The Cornell Lab Bird Academy Discussion Groups Bird Identification Request for ID help. This is an unusual bird for our NC neighborhood. Ph

    • Nancy
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    • Annabeth
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      Looking at it again it is definitely a Muscovy Duck.
    • Annabeth
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      Looks so weird.
    • Kunling
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      That's 100% a muscovy duck.
    • Owen
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      Definitely a Muscovy Duck! a possibly domesticated one i suppose that in other words " Got lose "
    • GBird
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      that is one weird looking duck :D! yet so cool!
      • ILMP
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        we have seen some in Menorca!
    • Squirrels pet
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      Muscovy Duck i think!
    • Frankie
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      Hi Nancy! Your bird is in fact a Muscovy Duck. It is not native to anywhere in the United States, it is found only in South America and Mexico. Though that is its native range, it has been brought to other places in the United States and now has a feral population near ponds and wetlands. If submitting this in an eBird Checklist, you will submit the feral option, which does not count as a separate species as it is non-native.
      • Nancy
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        Thank-you!  It is so friendly we have been thinking it may have been a pet.  We have (native to our area) ducks and geese in our neighborhood ponds but nothing like this.    It has been eating along with them and seems content.
      • Frankie
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        @Nancy Yep! I have seen these all over the country. Y friend saw one by her apartments in the East, and I have seen them out west at a Riparian Reserve in Arizona

      • Marina
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        @Frankie There is a duck that lives in a park near us in Concord, CA along with many ducks and geese, feral and wild. I think it's a Muscovy Duck, too? It's very friendly, and follows people around hoping for handouts.Muscovy Duck DSC_0331