The elusive Comb Duck turns up in Yala National Park

For those of you that have a bird watching bug in you this news will get you all excited, The Comb Duck known to be a very rare migrant to Sri Lanka was spotted by a water hole in the Yala National Park last week – outside its migrant season!

The discovery was made by Naturalist Indika Nethigama of Leopard Safaris Camp in Yala while he was on safari with guests. A big thank you to Leopard Safaris for sharing this rare image with us.

The Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos) which was a resident in the past but was declared extinct in Sri Lanka due to it being hunted in the colonial days, has been classified as a very rare migrant. It is also one of the largest species of duck. The male is much larger than the female, and has a large black knob on the bill.

The spotting of such a wonderful male specimen in late June might suggest that the bird might be resident in Sri Lanka after all. However I will leave it to the leading Ornithologist of the country to come up with the correct theory for this. One things for sure, you know where I will be heading to this weekend!

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  1. Thanks well, yes, you can, leave Mirissa in the morning, get there by lunch time, have lunch and start an anoorften safari around 3pm (it’s useless trying before 3pm, its too hot and all animals hide in the shade) and if you are lucky, you can come across a leopard coming out to drink water. I have seen more leopards during the early morning safari though. (6am at the park entrance)

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