Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos) - HBW 1, p. 594

French: Canard à bosse bronzé German: Glanzente 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.

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