The Muscovy goes by many different names, differing between countries. Other names for them include Cairon duck, Indian duck, Musk duck, Barazilian duck, Barbary duck, Turkish duck, Pato, and Turkey duck. The Muscovy is often referred to as a duck but is actually a different species of waterfowl. They have a body of a duck, nest and attack predators like a goose, have a chest similar to a turkey, and roost like a chicken.
The bird is predominantly black and white, with the back feathers being iridescent and glossy in males, while the females are more drab. The amount of white on the neck and head is variable, as well as the bill, which can be yellow, pink, black, or any mixture of these. They may have white patches or bars on the wings, which become more noticeable during flight. Both sexes have pink or red wattles around the bill, those of the male being larger and more brightly colored.
They fly fairly well, especially the smaller females, but are known more for flying around than flying away.
Although the Muscovy duck is a tropical bird, it adapts well to cooler climates, thriving in weather as cold as −12 °C (10 °F) and able to survive even colder conditions