Central Florida’s humid, subtropical climate offers ideal habitat for muscovy ducks. Warm weather year round allows them to nest, hatch, and rear ducklings without winter die-offs.
Annual rainfall averages 50+ inches (1270+ mm), filling wetlands, rivers, lakes, and retention ponds. Muscovy ducks find ample water sources plus dense vegetation on banks for nesting and cover.
Urban areas provide man-made waterways, roosting sites on buildings, and foraging opportunities. Lack of harsh winters allows the population to grow rapidly. Abundant food from gardens, trash, and handouts sustains large numbers of muscovy ducks.