Red-knobbed Coot.

The Red-knobbed Coot or Crested Coot, (Fulica cristata),

is a member of the rail and crake bird family, the Rallidae.

The Red-knobbed Coot is largely black except for the white facial shield. It is 38–45 cm (15–18 in) long, spans 75–85 cm (30–33 in) across the wings and weighs 585–1,085 g (1.29–2.39 lb.). As a swimming species, it has partial webbing on its long strong toes. The juvenile is paler than the adult, has a whitish breast, and lacks the facial shield; the adult’s black plumage develops when about 3-4 months old, but the white shield is only fully developed at about one year old, some time later.

These photos taken at Rietvlei Dam….

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17 thoughts on “Red-knobbed Coot.

    • Thanks …. consequently the name…. now that I think of it… not exactly an enterprising name… “red knobs on the head…mmmm…lets call it a red-knobbed coot” brilliant some of these scientists…

      • Ja it’s all the rare plants they smoke – it makes them think up these clever names. When they are back on earth though, they realize, what have we done!?! And then it’s too late and these poor plants and animals have weird sounding names.

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