Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis sylvicola)

Order: Anseriformes | Family: Anatidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Brasil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Northern Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Huallaga River, Peru

Age: Juveniles | Sex: Unknown |Loc. Pto. Eten, Chiclayo

Identification & Behavior: ~69.7 cm (27.4 in). The male and female Comb Ducks are similar in coloration, but only the male has a conspicuous fleshy dark crest and is larger. The adult has a white head and neck freckled with dark spots and white underparts. The upperparts and sides are glossy blue-black, with bluish and greenish iridescence on secondary feathers. The juvenile is dull buff-brown below and on the face and neck, with dull brown upperparts. The Comb Duck is distinguished from the Muscovy Duck by white underparts, breast, and head with black specks.

Status: The Comb Duck is known as a resident in parts of the Marañon and Huallaga River drainages.  Also, in Loreto along the Marañon River, Pacaya Samiria, the San Martin region, and Tumbes and Piura regions. There are also scattered sight records along the coast of Peru.

Name in Spanish: Pato Crestudo.

Sub-species: Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis syvicola), Pennant, 1769.

Meaning of Name: Sarkidiornis: Gr. sarx= flesh; sarkidion= small piece of meat and ornis= bird. sylvicola: derived from Latin word meaning “forest” and the “dweller” referring to preferred habitat.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.