French: Canard musqué German: Moschusente Spanish: Pato criollo
India = Brazil
Tropical America from Mexico S to E Peru, N Argentina and N Uruguay, and W Andes in Colombia, Ecuador and C Peru.
66–84 cm; male 1990–4000 g, female 1100–1470 g. Unmistakable. Amount of white on upperwing-coverts varies with age. Female smaller with totally feathered... read more
Considered to be almost mute: male gives asthmatic wheeze and female single quack when alarmed, or... read more
Well-wooded tropical wetlands, preferably in lowlands; occasionally on coastal lagoons, mangroves... read more
Food and feeding
Mixture of vegetable and animal foods; roots, seeds, stems and leaves of grasses, sedges and aquatic plants, small vertebrates (fish,... read more
Few studies in wild. Males apparently highly promiscuous, although this may be an artefact of domestication. Season variable, but mostly... read more
Mainly sedentary, but subject to local movements linked with water availability during dry season,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, but only locally common, with an overall population estimated at 100,000–1,000,000 birds. Has declined somewhat,... read more
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