The Red-Knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata) or Crested Coot is a black bird with two red knobs on its head. The knobs are small and are often difficult to see.
The Red-Knobbed Coot grows to 38-45 centimetres (15-18 inches) tall.
It lives near freshwater lakes and ponds in Africa and southern Spain.
The Red-Knobbed Coot builds its nest of reeds and grass near the edge of the water. The female lays about 8 eggs.
It has partial webbing on its toes, which enables it to swim and to walk on swampy land near water.
It does not fly very much. It prefers to run when there is danger.
It is an omnivore because it eats small animals as well as grass and water weeds. It also eats eggs belonging to other birds.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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