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 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
Two birds landing in a lagoon and another in flight Locality Masaka, Uganda (ssp melanotos)
Josep del Hoyo 14 September 2006 7 years ago 23 sec 4.1
PhotosSee all 93 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 5 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 1 year ago 4.2
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