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 25 videos
A close-up of a male swimming Locality Curitiba Zoo, Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil (ssp sylvicola)
Josep del Hoyo 16 May 2005 6 years ago 17 sec 4.5
A juvenile bathing and swimming Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp melanotos)
Jean Hupperetz 31 October 2004 8 years ago 27 sec 4.5
A pair foraging in shallow water. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp melanotos)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 February 2008 4 years ago 33 sec 4.3
A male foraging in shallow water. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp melanotos)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 February 2008 4 years ago 11 sec 3.8
Swimming bird Locality Thol Bird Sanctuary, Mehsana District, Gujarat, India
Jeel Bharat Patel 4 November 2012 9 weeks ago 17 sec 3.6
A male feeding on the water, close to several Bar-headed Geese and Ruddy Shelducks. Locality Chambal Safari Boating Platform, Chambal River, Rajasthan, India (ssp melanotos)
Josep del Hoyo 27 February 2011 1 year ago 14 sec 3.6
PhotosSee all 56 photos
Locality Thol Bird Sanctuary, Mehsana District, Gujarat, India
Jeel Bharat Patel 19 May 2013 32 sec ago ADDED TODAY! 5
Comb duck prepration for landing
Locality Dholpur District, Rajasthan, India
anil bharadwaj 6 December 2011 30 weeks ago 4.5
Part of a pair
Locality Lochinvar National Park, Southern Province, Zambia (ssp melanotos)
Marco Valentini 7 September 2011 1 year ago 4.2
Locality Kutch District, Gujarat, India (ssp melanotos)
jugal Tiwari 11 June 2010 2 years 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 11 weeks ago 4
Locality Bhavnagar District, Gujarat, India
Shantilal Varu 13 December 2012 19 weeks ago 4
- No sound recordings available yet