Bill, legs, and naked skin surrounding the eyes, red: plumage various.

Anas mcschata, Linn. Syst. Nat. torn. i. p. 199. Muscovy Duck, Lath. Syn. vol. in. p. 476. Musk Duck, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. ii. p.317. (Trachea,) Linn. Trans, vol. xv. pl. 15. f. a.

Dimensions

Entire length twenty-four inches six lines.

Description

Crown-feathers slightly elongated, forming a kind of tuft capable of being erected: colours of the plumage extremely variable in the domesticated state; often wholly white, the tuft on the crown excepted, which is black; or slate-gray, with more or less white on the under parts: tail of twenty feathers; the outer one on each side always white: bill, a fleshy protuberance at its base, and a naked papillose skin surrounding the eyes, red: legs short and thick; red, or reddish yellow. In the female, the naked papillose skin is of a paler hue, and does not cover so large a part of the face: she is also smaller than the male. (Egg). Yellowish white: long. diam. two inches six lines; trans, diam. one inch nine lines.

Common in a domesticated state, throughout Europe, but not indigenous. Native country said to be America, where they are still found wild. A prolific species, laying often, and producing from eight to twelve in a brood. Nest occasionally placed in the holes of trees. Has a musky smell arising from the gland on the rump. Obs. The Anas bicolor of Donovan* is a hybrid between this species and the common Domestic Duck, which not unfrequently breed together.