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THE COMB DUCK

28 November 2013

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The specific epithet of the comb duck’s scientific name Sakidiornis melanotus refers to the Greek word melanotus which means black-backed. An adult male is around 75 cm high and weighs 1.92 kg as opposed to 60 cm an 1.41 kg in females. Only the adult males have a characteristic laterally flattened meaty comb on the end of the upper bill. The male is also characteristically black on the back of the neck, the back and the tail. The crown is iridescent green. There is a white mantle around the top of the neck. The under parts are white, the bill is black, the eyes are brown and the legs and feet grey- brown. The adult female is paler in colour than the male and its upper mandible does not have a comb.

The comb duck is abundant in Africa south of the Sahara but in South Africa it only occurs north of an east-west line through southern Lesotho. It is less abundant in Botswana and Namibia... (To see and read more become a Green subscriber)

 

 

Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean and P G Ryan (eds) 2005. Roberts – birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, pp 98 - 99.

article by: Prof J du P Bothma

 

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