These white muscovy ducks were an interesting find. They have an odd look with a red-skinned warty face. Wild muscovies are native to Mexico, Central America, and South America. Those are generally black in color and considered a tropical duck. The white muscovy ducks were domesticated in the 1500’s, as a food source, because they were large, heavy, and had strong tasting meat. They are a quiet breed or “quackless”, which made them ideal for breeding.
White muscovy ducks are very adaptable, found in water areas such as rivers, swamps, or ponds. They will eat many things, including roots, leaves, seeds, insects, small fish, or reptiles. They are considered an invasive species, meaning they are not native to a specific habitat, and believed to have a tendency to cause damage to the environment they are in. I found these two at a pond area I go to often, here in northern Arizona.