Comb Duck

Comb Duck-14
Comb Duck near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name: Sarkidiornis melanotos
Classification :
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.
Local Names:

Hindi    : Nakta
Bengali : Nakta
Tamil    : Mookkan thara