Animal Rangers Florida - Duck Information

Animal Rangers, FL Duck Information - Florida Wildlife Control Services
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Muscovy Ducks are considered to be a nuisance in Florida.  Muscovy ducks were introduced into urban and suburban
areas in Florida, these ducks proliferate rapidly and are now a very high density that numbers in the thousands. The
ducks were not introduced in South Florida legally, and are not native to South Florida. Muscovy ducks can carry disease
and their population can expand rapidly, causing problems for humans who live nearby.  Proper, humane removal and
control of ducks is required by a professional Muscovy duck trapper and removal specialist.

How to identify a Muscovy duck?  A feature common with all types of Muscovy duck, male and female is that they have
lengthy claws on their feet.  They also have wide, flat tails.  Muscovy ducks are usually quiet and don’t make noise unless
under extreme duress.   The average length of the males is 34 inches, and they usually weight 10-15 lbs.  The females are
much smaller, with an average length of 25 inches, and weight of 6-8 lbs. The largest recorded weight of a Muscovy duck
was an Australian male weighing 22 lbs.

The true, feral, wild ducks are black in color.  Their wings have large white patches on them.  The male has a short crest on
the nape of its neck, and the bill of the duck is black as well.  The feet are blackish as well.  Females are of a similar
coloring, only much smaller.

The ducklings are mainly a yellow color and have brown markings on the ends of the wings and tail.

Where do Muscovy ducks live?  Feral Muscovy Ducks are prevalent nearby to suburban and also urban bodies of water,
and also on farms and in fields.  They usually nest in tree stumps or cavities of trees, or on the ground.  Muscovy ducks
commonly nest in urban, domesticated areas where humans live, such as the balconies of apartments or condos, or
under or near roofs.

In the US, Muscovy Ducks are considered an invasive species. Someone who owns a Muscovy duck amy own it for
producing food only, and not for hunting purposes. production only (not for hunting).

Muscovy ducks can cause problems when nesting and reproducing in human inhabited areas.  They can cause damage
to roofs and buildings when they nest.  Muscovy ducks also carry diseases and can cause sanitation issues with their
waste and droppings.  Pets and children should not be anywhere near Muscovy ducks and the humane removal and
control of ducks should be handled by a duck trapper or duck control professional as soon as possible before the
Muscovy duck population grows further.

Some diseases carried by Muscovy ducks can include:

Duck Virus hepetitus – highly fatal and contagious to baby ducks.

Duck Plague (Duck Virus Enteritis) – highly fatal disease to waterfowl caused by the herpes virus.  Causing hemmoraging
of the body and lesions in ducks.

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) – this disease is carried in the bird intestines.  Infections with influenza A viruses can occur in
humans.   During an outbreak of avian influenza among poultry, there is a possible risk to people who have contact with
infected birds or surfaces that have been contaminated with secretions or excretions from infected birds.
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