Red-knobbed Coot

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 14 April 2010
Scientific Name
Fulica cristata
  • Gruiformes
  • Rallidae
  • Fulica
  • F. cristata
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 29 November 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List

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International Names

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