Fauna and Flora Friday: 29 January 2021

Red-Knobbed Coot, Fulica cristata

The red-knobbed coot has all black plumage with a white bill and frontal shield. 2 Red knobs are found on the head, at the top. It has grey legs and red eyes. These red knobs are more conspicuous during the breeding season. As a swimming bird, its toes are partially webbed.

Red-Knobbed Coot, Sonstraaldam
Red-Knobbed Coot, Sonstraaldam
Red-Knobbed Coot, Sonstraaldam
Red-Knobbed Coot, Sonstraaldam

The female is around the size of a small chicken, 39 cm long. The male is larger.
They feed mainly on plant matter but will occasionally eat insects.

Red-Knobbed Coot, Abrahamskraal, West Coast National Park
Red-Knobbed Coot, Abrahamskraal, West Coast National Park

The coot is a highly territorial species and will try and bully any intruders, even geese up to twice their size. Sometimes it seems they are running across the water without flying.

Red-Knobbed Coot, Abrahamskraal, West Coast National Park
Red-Knobbed Coot, Abrahamskraal, West Coast National Park
Red-Knobbed Coot, Abrahamskraal, West Coast National Park

Monogamous, the red-knobbed coot builds a floating nest on a mound of vegetation and lay up to 8 eggs at a time.

Red-Knobbed Coot, Abrahamskraal, West Coast National Park
Red-Knobbed Coot, Abrahamskraal, West Coast National Park

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~Frank Lloyd Write

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post. I hope you also learned something new today.

Have a fabulous day. Till next time, please stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

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