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How do you tell a female Muscovy duck from a male?

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A female Muscovy duck is considerably smaller than a male and has fewer, if any, caruncles on its face or at the base of its bill. Caruncles are the fleshy, red, warty bumps found mostly on males.

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The feathers on male Muscovy ducks are generally brighter, with the black feathers showing a purple or green tint. Female feathers are more drab in color. While Muscovy ducks do not quack like other ducks, males hiss when threatened, and females verbalize with a soft cluck or churr (a sharp whirring or trilling sound). Males have thicker legs and larger feet than females.

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