Comb Duck

Scientific Name: Sarkidiornis melanotos
Common Name: Comb Duck
Other Name: American comb duck, Knob-billed Duck 

Identifying Features: White head freckled with dark spots, pure white neck and underparts, upperparts are glossy blue-black with bluish and greenish iridescence, male is much larger than the female and has a large black knob on the bill.

Fun Facts: 

  • It is one of the largest species of duck.
  • Males may have two mates at once or up to five in succession.
  • They are typically seen in flocks, small in the wet season, up to 100 in the dry season. Sometimes they separate according to sex.


This image was clicked by Nigel Clifford – via Flickr.

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