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Comb Duck


Kingdom: Animalia       Phylum: Chordata       Class: Aves (Birds       Order: Anseriformes      Family: Anatidae

Comb Duck (female)
Comb Duck (female) - image © Rajiv Lather

Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos) is a widespread breeding resident in India. Locally called Nakta, this bird is found in large freshwater wetlands. They tend to prefer places that are away from human settlements. Both sexes have black bills with the males showing a comb on top. Males (75 cm) are almost one and half times the size of the females (55 cm).

Food: Grass seeds, aquatic vegetation, small fish

 


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