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This species is not often seen in private collections. They are tropical and require heat during the cold Winter months. Comb Ducks are generally peaceful and do well in a mixed aviary, but males should be watched as they can be somewhat aggressive during the breeding season.
Juvenile pair: $400




BREED DETAILS- COMB DUCK (Sarkidiornis sylvicola)
DESCRIPTION: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.Size Reaches lengths of 64 to 69 cm (25 to 27 in.)Weight: Approximately 800 to 940 g (2 lbs.)Diet: Their diet consists primarily of vegetable matter, including the seeds of grasses and sedges, aquatic plants, agricultural grain, and wheat. They will also feed on aquatic insect larvae and locusts.Incubation: 30 to 32 daysClutch: Size 6 to 11 eggsSexual Maturity; About 1 to 2 yearsLife Span Approximately 20 to 30 yearsRange This species has an extremely large range throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. They are also found in India to southern China, Viet Nam, Thailand, and Cambodia.Habitat This species inhabits grassy ponds or lakes in savanna, open woodlands along large rivers and lakes, swamps, marshes, floodplains, river deltas, flooded forest, pastures and rice-paddies, and occasionally sandbars and mudflats.