Breeding biology of Muscovy ducks using nest boxes in Mexico

  • Published source details Markum D.E. & Baldassarre G.A. (1989) Breeding biology of Muscovy ducks using nest boxes in Mexico. The Wilson Bulletin, 101, 621-626.


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Provide artificial nesting sites for wildfowl

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for wildfowl

    A replicated study in 1987 at four ranches in Tamaulipas, Mexico (Markum & Baldassarre 1989), found that Muscovy ducks Cairina moschata only used 13 of 407 nest boxes (3%), with 77% of these successfully hatching eggs and fledging 96 ducklings. Overall hatching success was 54% of 177 eggs. Three black-bellied whistling ducks also fledged from the ten successful nests. Nest boxes were 42 x 42 x 62 cm with a 21 cm diameter entrance hole and were erected on metal or wooden poles or trees either on islands in a lake (168 boxes) or close to ponds and waterways.


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