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Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos

Described by: Pennant (1769)
Alternate common name(s): Knob-billed Duck, Knob-billed Goose, South American Comb-duck, American Comb-duck, Neotropical Comb-duck, Old World Comb-duck, African Comb-duck, Nakta Comb-duck
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Salta, Argentina - Sep, 2003 © Mark Harper  Nova Roma, Goiás, Brazil - Apr, 2001 © Arthur Grosset  Kruger National Park, South Africa - Dec, 2004 © Déwald Swanepoel 
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South America; Africa and Madagascar; S. Asia;
Three populations;
(1) E. Panama (Rio La Jagua, Rio Chucunaque), Colombia (nw. Choco, Laguna San Rafael, Purace National Park, Laguna de Fuquene in s. Boyaca, Sabana de Bogota, Lago Cumbal in s. Narino), Venezuela (Orinoco Basin, Guarico, n. and c. Anzoategui), Guyana, Surinam, Guiana, e. Ecuador, e. Peru, c. and e. Bolivia, Brazil (Amazonian region, Rio Negro s. to Bahia, Mato Grosso and Sao Palo), Paraguay, Uruguay and nc. and ne. Argentina (s. Cordoba, Santa Fe, Entre Rios and occasionally Buenos Aires). Occurs w. of the Andes s. in sw. Ecuador and nw. Peru.
(2) In Africa, s. from s. Mauritania, Senegambia (Senegal Delta), s. Mali (Niger Delta), Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, s. Niger, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, s. Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, s. Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, s. Somalia, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya (Lake Naivasha and has bred in Serengeti NP), Tanzania, Angola, Zambia (Luangwa Valley, Kafue Flats), Malawi, Mozambique, n. Namibia, n. and e. Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa (ne. Cape Province, Transvaal, Orange Free State, Natal), Lesotho and Madagascar (Bemamba Lake, Soalala Lakes, Betsiboka River). In Asia, from se. Pakistan, Nepal (w. terai, Kosi) across India e. to Assam and s. to Mysore, Bangladesh, Burma, nw., ne. and c. Thailand, Cambodia, c. Laos, Cochinchina (s. South Vietnam) and s. China (w. and s. Yunnan).
Formerly in Sri Lanka.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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