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A Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) at the Bay Area Park in Clear Lake, Texas. Also known as a pato real, or royal duck. Males are more brightly colored than females and have red fleshy carnicules on their faces, over their eyes and at the base of their bills; this photo is of a male. Muscovy ducks feed mostly on underwater vegetation, seeds and acorns. Scientific classification:
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Genus: Cairina
  • Species: Cairina moschata