COMB DUCK
(Sarkidiornis Melanotos)
Cinnamon Teal        Merganser

 - Slimbridge
The Comb Duck was found in the Lesser Flamingo Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Africa/South America
Breeding Habitat - Africa/South America
Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, Southern Asia, also South America in East Paraguay, South East Brazil and North East Argentina.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Non-Migratory though it will respond to rainfall and is known to make extensive journeys in the search for water.

Conservation Status


Size
560mm to 760mm (22" to 30")

Appearance - Drake
The male has a White dark spot freckled head, White neck and underparts. The upperparts are Blue Black with a Blue Green iridescence prominent on the secondary feathers. The bill is Grey Black with a large Black ‘Knob’ from which it gets its common name.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the males except it lacks the Knob on the bill and is slightly smaller and duller.

Habitat
Wooded Lakes, Freshwater Swamps and Tropical Wetlands.

Diet
Grazes on Grass, Aquatic Vegetation, Seeds, Sedges, Aquatic Insects, Invertebrates and small Fish.

Breeding Time
They breed during and after the rainy season and may not breed at all in times of scanty rain or drought.

Nest
Nests in Tree cavities or in tall grass near to water.

Eggs
Quantity: 7 to 15.
Colour: Yellow/White.

Slimbridge Wildfowl C - F
Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis)
Canvasback (Aythya Valisineria)
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis Novaehollandiae)
Cape Teal (Anas Capensis)
Chestnut Teal (Anas Castanea)
Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis)
Chiloe Wigeon (Anas Sibilatrix)
Chinese Spot-Billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis Melanotos)
Common Merganser (Mergus Merganser)
Coot (Fulica Atra)
Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba Coscoroba)
Crested Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides Virgo)
Eider (Somateria Mollissima)
Emperor Goose (Anser or Chen Canagicus)
Eurasian Crane (Grus Grus)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas Penelope)
Falcated Duck (Anas Falcata)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya Nyroca)
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta Naevosa)
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COMB DUCK
Cinnamon Teal        Merganser
Comb Duck
©Nigel Key Comb Duck (Slimbridge June 2011)

The Comb Duck, or Knob Billed Duck, is pan-tropic found in the tropical wetlands of Africa, Madagascar, South Asia and is South America.

The Comb duck is currently classed as least concern, however, its numbers are in decline due to habitat loss and hunting.
   Hear the Comb Duck's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
American Comb Duck (Slimbridge June 2015) African Comb Duck (Slimbridge June 2015) African Comb Duck (Slimbridge June 2015)
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American Comb Duck (Slimbridge July 2014) African Comb Duck (Slimbridge July 2014) African Comb Duck (Slimbridge July 2014)
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African Comb Duck (Slimbridge March 2014) African Comb Duck (Slimbridge March 2014) African Comb Duck (Slimbridge March 2014)
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African Comb Duck (Slimbridge March 2014) African Comb Duck (Slimbridge March 2014) African Comb Duck (Slimbridge March 2014)
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African Comb Duck (Slimbridge June 2011) African Comb Duck (Slimbridge June 2011) American Comb Duck (Slimbridge May 2012)
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