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The differences between duck and muscovy duck

Updated on April 16, 2013

Siting in the garden and looking at those beautiful birds, I remember my conversation with dad and uncle about the differences between duck & muscovy duck (m-duck) - which, surprisingly, growing up in the countryside, seeing poultry everyday, yet I know the differences between them so I guess, probably, you don't too.

There are two stages to work on

When they are little:
They are very similar apart from their beaks, duck has yellow beak; m-duck has white one. According to dad, we can also distinguish them by their feather, m-duck has small dark dots on.

When they are grown up:
It's much easier to tell now: their heads, beaks, tails, legs or figure; let have look:

duck (left), muscovy duck (right)
duck (left), muscovy duck (right)

Duck has longer leg, look tall and walks quicker

their tails are different
their tails are different

Duck has curly tail while m-duck has slope down one

Few more pictures:

Meat quality

M-duck meat is firm and sweet. I suspect, it's because m-duck's grown rate is twice time slower than duck.


I know, it's a mundane issue but it fascinated me much so I merely hope, you'll find it interesting.

Please leave your feedback so I'll plan better for my next hub, Thanks!!



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      Karen S. Falcon 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is actually very helpful because I have actually been wondering what these ducks are! Here is a short video of one of these duckies by my house https://hubpages.com/business/Practice-Makes-Good-...

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      brackenb 5 years ago

      Not mundane at all - I found it interesting and informative. Thank you.

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      huyenchi 5 years ago from London - Hanoi

      Thank you so much for your feedback, I appreciate

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