Red-knobbed Coot

Fulica cristata

These coots are our most aquatic rails, and can be easily identified by the name-giving, dull red-knobs that adorn the top of their white frontal shields.

We first recorded this abundant coot in December 2009 while staying at one of our favourite places; Hartford House in the Midlands. This species can be seen swimming on just about every open patch of South African water.


Red-knobbed Coot / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni, South Africa / January 2017 Red-knobbed Coot / Zibula Colliery (near Secunda), South Africa / June 2018 Red-knobbed Coot / Zibula Colliery (near Secunda), South Africa / June 2018 Red-knobbed Coot / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 08 August 2014 Red-knobbed Coot / Zibula Colliery (near Secunda), South Africa / June 2018 Zibula-622 Red-knobbed Coot / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 23 August 2013 Red-knobbed Coot / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 08 August 2014 Red-knobbed Coot / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 08 August 2014 Red-knobbed Coot / Zibula Colliery (near Secunda), South Africa / June 2018 Red-knobbed Coot / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 08 August 2014 Red-knobbed Coot / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 08 August 2014 Red-knobbed Coot / Dullstroom, South Africa / 13 August 2010 Red-knobbed Coot / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni, South Africa / 28 February 2015 Red-knobbed Coot / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 01 July 2011 Red-knobbed Coot / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 10 July 2010
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