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Red-knobbed Coot

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About the Red-knobbed Coot

Also known as: Crested Coot

The Red-knobbed Coot is a species of rail that lives across Africa and parts of southern Spain. Like other coots, they live on freshwater lakes and ponds. They are black all over with white facial shields. The birds develop two large red knobs at the top of the facial shield during breeding season.

Like other species of coot, they bob their heads when swimming or walking, similar to chickens.

They can be agressive during breeding season, defending their territory and offspring from other coots.

Red-knobbed Coots are omnivorous. They feed by grazing on land or water, or diving in the water.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 April 2010
Scientific Name Fulica cristata
  • Gruiformes
  • Rallidae
  • Fulica
  • F. cristata
Birdorable Family Rails, Cranes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Range South Europe North Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • Lyska Hřebenatá (Czech)
  • Kamblishøne (Danish)
  • Knobbelmeerkoet (Dutch)
  • Kruununokikana (Finnish)
  • Foulque à Crête (French)
  • Kammbläßhuhn (German)
  • Folaga Cristata (Italian)
  • アフリカオオバン (Afurikaooban) (Japanese)
  • Knoppsothøne (Norwegian)
  • Lyska Czubata (Polish)
  • Хохлатая лысуха (Russian)
  • Focha Moruna (Spanish)
  • Kamsothöna (Swedish)