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Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis Melanotos)

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Comb Duck

Appearance: - The Comb Duck has a white head & upper neck with dark freckled spots, darker crown, dark brown eyes, dark beak, the male has a large black knob on the beak, the lower neck and underparts are pure white, the upperparts, tail, and wings are glossy black with a bluish-green iridescence, and legs and feet are dark grey. Both sexes are similar except the male is larger with a large black knob on the beak and the female has a less glossy plumage.

Size: - Typical Adult is 56-76cm (22-30in).

Food: - Mainly aquatic vegetation, seeds, sedges, grazing on grasses and crops, also occasionally aquatic insects, invertebrates, and small fish.

Habitat/Range: - Freshwater swamps, wooded lakes, and tropical wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and southern Asia, also in South America - eastern Paraguay, southeastern Brazil, and northeast Argentina.

Comb Duck Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - Variable but usually during or after the rainy season in Africa.

Eggs: - 7 to 15 (yellowish-white colour).

Notes: - The Comb Duck is named because of the male's distinctive knob on top of its beak. There are two sub-species of this duck: the Old World Knob-billed Duck (Sarkidiornis Melanotos Melanotos) and the Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis Melanotos Sylvicola) from South America which is smaller with darker flanks. This duck nests in tree cavities or in tall grass near to water. Despite the wide range of this duck it is declining in numbers due to habitat loss, and hunting.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Tadorninae or Anatinae,
Genus: Sarkidiornis.

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Comb Duck
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis Melanotos)