There are 15 ducks in total at Sangha and they are mostly the Muscovy breed. They have come at various times from people who got them because they thought they could look after them but later realised they could not, one even lived on a balcony! They live in their own area with ponds, as water to swim and wash is very important for ducks. In the winter they moult their feathers and unfortunately some have damaged wings due to accidents before they came to us.
About Ducks: Duck is the common name for a large number of bird species in the waterfowl family which also includes swans and geese. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water. Here at Sangha San Miguel we have Muscovy Ducks. Native to South America, their original name was “Musco duck” because they ate so many mosquitoes. Muscovies have a “crest” on the top of their heads that they can raise at will. During the mating season, a male will often raise this crest to fend off other males. Muscovies also communicate with one another by wagging their tails and raising and lowering their heads at one another.
What they eat: Muscovy ducks feed on worms, insects, fish and reptiles. They also forage for larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, snails and crabs. They also eat a variety of plant material, including weeds, leaves, stems, seeds and roots, obtained by grazing or dabbling in shallow water.