Sarkidiornis melanotos   (Pennant,  1769) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

Image copyrights: Louise Meintjes

Size: 56-76 cm

A large glossy blue-black and white duck. Male: Head and neck white, speckled with black, coalescing on crown, nape and hind neck; bill and comb (swollen fleshy knob) black; a black demicollar on each side of upper breast; another broad black band in front of under tail-coverts; remaining underparts white; upper back black glossed with green and blue, except scapulars, which are glossed with purple; speculum bronze; lower back grey; tail dark brown; legs and feet plumbeous. Eclipse plumage absent.Female: Smaller, duller and without comb on bill, demicollar on upper breast and black band near tail. Juvenile: Black upperparts less glossy than in female; lower back and rump dull greyish-white; upper tail-coverts and tail dull brown.

Habits: Usually occurs in small flocks of 5 to 30 birds

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Comb Duck (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Hunting, habitat destruction and use of poison in the rice field)

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 76.31) INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 76.18) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Nameer, PO (2005) Wetlands and waterfowl conservation in kerala with special reference to Ramsar sites kerala environment congress 2005 Centre for environment and development 97-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • PBase Available at -
  • Srinivasulu, C (2004) Birds of kawal wildlife sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh , India Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 101(1) 3-25 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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