Comb Duck near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name: Sarkidiornis melanotos
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Anseriformes
Family : Anatidae
Subfamily : Tadorninae or Anatinae
Genus : Sarkidiornis
Species : S. melanotos
How to identify this bird:
Observe this bird in the photo gallery above and see if you can identify the following g features:
- Comb Duck is a large duck which is a widespread breeding resident in India.
- Its upperwing and underwing is blackish and is glossed with blue and green.
- It has a whitish head, speckled with black and whitish underparts.
- Both sexes have black bills and the male has a fleshy comb on top.
- The swollen knob on the male’s bill gets enlarged during the breeding season.
- The female (55 cm) is much smaller than the male (75 cm) are almost one and half times its size.
- The female Comb duck does not have the fleshy comb.
- Immature knob-billed ducks look like a large greyish female of the cotton pygmy goose which is also found near DPS Tapi area.
Where do I find this bird:
- This bird is found in large freshwater wetlands especially where these waterbodies are covered by trees or bushes.
- There are many of these birds near DPS Tapi.
- They are generally found in small flocks.
- They prefer places that are away from human settlements.
- So you need to look for them at a distance and not allow them to see you.
- Comb ducks feed mainly on grains, cultivated rice, grass seeds, shoots of aquatic vegetation and sometimes small fish, frog, insects, etc.
- They breed mainly during July-September and they nest in a natural hollow in a tree trunk standing in water with a thin lining of sticks, leaves and grass.
Hindi : Nakta
Bengali : Nakta
Tamil : Mookkan thara