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Muscovy Ducks - Chucks? Duckens? Puckys? Chicken-Ducks?

Updated on August 26, 2015

What Kind of Bird is This? Duck? Chicken? Turken? Durkey? Tuck? Mystery Duck!

Mystery Duck?

We first saw a creature similar to this odd looking bird (in the photo) just walking around in the forest in our yard in Washington state.

We had no idea what it was. We searched bird books and ornithology websites. We called family members. Nobody knew.

Finally we found the name of and information on this very interesting duck that looks a bit like a cross between a duck and a chicken, with red 'rooster comb' material on its face or around its eyes.

What a laugh we got hunting down the mystery of this unusual-looking duck that has been called lots of names by lots of people in many countries.

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(photo above by Bolshakov/

Female Muscovy Duck Photo - Photo from Wikipedia

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Blog Comments on Muscovy Ducks or Whatever-You-Call-'Em - These partial comments taken from the blog

* "What should we call these things? Chucks? Duckens? Chuckens? Does anyone know what it actually is?" - David Kadavy

* "Do you think we could throw some Turkey DNA into the mix? We could have a turducken in a much more compact meal." - Charles

* "I believe you were looking at a Muscovy duck. They originated in Brazil apparently." - Shawn

* "We were doing our bi-monthly duck feeding at Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and !!! there he/she was! How it got here from South America we do not know but we thought it resembled a turkey/duck instead~ We called it a Durkey~~ or a Tuck." - Andy & Mary

* "The ducklings and younger ducks are really very cute, btw, just some of the older males arent so pretty. It makes sense that they're from South America, as most things down here are, and they certainly love mangos and bananas!"- Jackie

* "I went running at lake Lynn park in Raleigh.NC and these chicken ducks scared the you know what out of me. I never seen a such hideous creature in my life." - al

* "ROFL!!! me and my best friend just went to florida and found those things!! lol omg we were so afraid of them they look like they're gonna attack u! we decided to call it the pucken because the way they wag their tails reminds u of a puppy." - heather

* "I just saw one of these in Sedona, AZ on a golf course this weekend! We kept calling it a turducken or chuck or turduck. We had no idea! The thing wagged its tail when people were feeding it." - Julie

* "We have chicken ducks in loveland ohio (cincinnati area). They live near the little miami river (which isn't the cleanest stream of water) and we just assumed they drank the water and mutated. ha ha." - Emily

* "I've always called them Chuckens and I think I'll continue to do so, but it's nice to know other have encountered these fascinating birds. I don't feel so alone anymore." - Ben

* "Muscovy ducks are not some rare crossbred mutant. They are an actual recognized breed by the American poultry Association (APA). in 1874 the white muscovy was accepted into the APA. Blacks in 1904, Blue in 1950 and in 1982 the chocolate color was accepted in. This is not a new breed. Nor is it rare. It is actually a meat duck." - Rae

* "I love scovies! They are very personable and sweet and make wonderful pets. The reason you see them in the parks and such is usually because they get dumped after they stop being cute ducklings. They are prolific breeders and will populate an area quickly." - terrie

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The Muscovy hen lays a clutch of 8-16 white eggs, usually in a tree hole or hollow, which are incubated for 35 days. For the first few weeks of their lives, Muscovy duckling feed on grains, corn, grass, insects, and most anything that moves. Their mother instructs them at an early age how to feed.

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End of our Chucken -Ducken - Mystery Duck Story

In the end we found out that the Muscovy female duck had been adopted by a neighbor after she first confused the bird with a white plastic bags floating across a country road. Apparently, after Ms. Duck visited us, she visited another neighbor, sat down next to an outdoor mirror, and sat by her "companion" until she laid an egg!

The last we heard, a black male Muscovy was purchased to keep the female at home. They live happily on our neighbor's pond!

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      Shorebirdie 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      There was a muscovy at our lake that everyone called "Tom the Turkey Duck" because no one knew what he was. There were several there at that lake, but they all died one by one until Tom was left. Now, he's gone, too.

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      The Goblins Den 5 years ago

      I saw one of these in a lake near my house when I was a had a huge red blotch around it's face. I thought I had discovered a new bird species at the time, haha. Now I know it was just a Muskovy duck.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      They have a lot of them in South Florida, especially around Bocan Raton and Deerfield Beach. I have some photos of them on my Walk Around Deer Creek lens. They are territorial, like to think that benches and footpaths are theirs, and refuse to move if you try to get them to. They also leave a lot of mess (poop) everywhere. Cute to look at, but they can be a pest.

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      Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

      The first time I saw a Muscovy duck I didn't know what it was either. I thought it looked like some exotic goose. Then I moved to a lake community where we have a large flock of them. I found out all I could about them. They are really fascinating when you know a little about their history My Muscovy friends have truly captured my heart.They are so friendly and intelligent. I know some people do raise them for food but I just couldn't do that.

      *Squid Angel blessed.*

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      We have quite a few of these guys in Florida - they are something! Not sure just what though.

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