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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:05 am 
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I need some pointers in how to tell the difference between Muscovy drakes and ducks.

Here is a photo of BB's drake taken by Andy at the Wodonga show
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Can someone tell me what features define this bird as a drake?

And here is a photo from the gallery of one of BB's Muscovy ducks:

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Is it possible to compare them and point out the differences to me please?

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The red crunicles on the male are more pronounced on males than females this is hard to work out in younger birds as they dont develop fully till 8-12months plus in some. I usually go by feet size not easy to see in these photos but the males have the larger feet than the females.The head of females are usually more delicate looking than the males.Also size if you have a group of young muscovy the males will develop quicker than the females.
Sure others will add other things :)


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from my limited experience, i tend to find that the bump right at the top of the bill is much larger on the males then the female. And males are also much bigger then females.


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