Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos) - HBW 1, p. 594
French: Canard à bosse bronzé
Spanish: Pato Crestudo
Other common names: Knob-billed Duck/Goose, Black-backed Goose; South American Comb Duck (sylvicola)
Taxonomy: Anser melanotos Pennant, 1769, Ceylon.
Sometimes isolated in its own tribe (Sarkidiornini). Race sylvicola sometimes considered full species. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- melanotos (Pennant, 1769) - Africa S of Sahara and Madagascar; tropical Asia from Pakistan through Indian Subcontinent to extreme S China.
- sylvicola Ihering & Ihering, 1907 - tropical South America from Colombia to N Argentina.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 28 videos
A close-up of a male swimming Locality Curitiba Zoo, Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil (ssp sylvicola)
Josep del Hoyo 16 May 2005 8 years ago 17 sec 4.7
A juvenile bathing and swimming Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp melanotos)
Jean Hupperetz 31 October 2004 9 years ago 27 sec 4.6
A pair foraging in shallow water. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp melanotos)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 February 2008 5 years ago 33 sec 4.4
A male walking and shaking the plumage on the edge of a pond. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur District, Rajasthan, India (ssp melanotos)
Josep del Hoyo 2 July 2014 6 weeks ago 36 sec 4.3
A male feeding in a pool Locality Awassa Lake, SNNP Region, Ethiopia (ssp melanotos)
Keith Blomerley 12 April 2002 6 years ago 22 sec 4.3
A female preening its back and wings Locality Santa Cruz Zoo, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia (ssp sylvicola)
Josep del Hoyo 8 years ago 30 sec 4.1
PhotosSee all 96 photos
Comb duck prepration for landing
Locality Dholpur District, Rajasthan, India
anil bharadwaj 6 December 2011 2 years ago 4.6
Part of a pair
Locality Lochinvar National Park, Southern Province, Zambia (ssp melanotos)
Marco Valentini 7 September 2011 3 years ago 4.4
Locality Sri Lanka
saralagamage 3 September 2012 2 years ago 4.3
Locality Kutch District, Gujarat, India (ssp melanotos)
jugal Tiwari 11 June 2010 4 years ago 4.3
Locality Zapotillo, Loja Province, Ecuador
Lars Petersson 20 December 2013 12 weeks ago 4.2
An adult male standing in shallow water.
Locality Mkuze Game Reserve, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp melanotos)
David Beadle 18 January 2011 2 years ago 4.2
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