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Duck, African Comb - female (Sarkidiornis melanotos)
Photo by Psilo,Bolton,UK
 


Duck, African Comb  - female (Sarkidiornis melanotos)

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This is a species native to Africa, Asia and South America. It is a gentle, tropical duck (sensitive to the cold) that is found mainly in lowland, wooded areas of fresh water. Its varied diet consists of aquatic vegetation, seeds, frogs and fish. They graze on land and swim and wade to feed off the surface of the water, usually in the early morning and late evening. These ducks often form same sex groups.
Male African Comb Duck’s have a comb, or fleshy knob, at the base of the bill that increases in size during breeding season. Females do not have a comb and are smaller in size than the males.
This duck is threatened in the wild from hunting,poisoning by insecticides, and deforestation.


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