Red-crested Korhaan

Lophotis ruficrista (near-endemic)

Growing up I only knew of this korhaan as the “parachute bird”, given its awesome, aerial mating display. The male bird (who also boasts a bushy red crest in display) flies straight up, and then tumbles down dramatically before gliding to land. These small, near-endemics can be seen displaying in traditional areas within their semi-desert grassland and dry woodland habitats.

Our best encounter with this species was in June 2012 while visiting Mokaikai in the Waterberg with John and Jen Whittall.


Red-crested Korhaan / Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Red-crested Korhaan / Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Red-crested Korhaan / Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokaikai, Waterberg, South Africa / June 2012 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokaikai, Waterberg, South Africa / June 2012 Red-crested Korhaan – female / Nxai Pan, Botswana / 17 April 2011 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokaikai, Waterberg, South Africa / June 2012 Red-crested Korhaan / Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa / 13 June 2015 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokai Mokai, Waterberg, South Africa / 02 June 2012 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokai Mokai, Waterberg, South Africa / 02 June 2012 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokai Mokai, Waterberg, South Africa / 02 June 2012 Red-crested Korhaan / Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Red-crested Korhaan – male / Borakalalo National Park, South Africa / 07 October 2011 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokai Mokai, Waterberg, South Africa / 02 June 2012 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokai Mokai, Waterberg, South Africa / 02 June 2012 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokai Mokai, Waterberg, South Africa / 02 June 2012 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokai Mokai, Waterberg, South Africa / 02 June 2012 Red-crested Korhaan / Mokai Mokai, Waterberg, South Africa / 02 June 2012
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