CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Muskovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
While interesting, exotic Muskovy Ducks have negative impacts on native fauna and the envirionment and should not be fed or released into the wild.
Two stopped by the pond today for a swim after heavy rainfalls brought the pond out over the banks yesterday. Thankfully they flew off when I approached. I don’t want them taking up residency as they can foul the water. (or is that “fowl” the water) 😀
Muskovy Duck is considered an Invasive Nuisance species in Florida. (source: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/nuisance/nuisance-muscovies/)
Diet: insects, roots, stems, leaves, seeds, fishes, reptiles, and small mammals