Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Red-knobbed coots (Fulica cristata) can be found in a variety of habitats associated with water such as small to large freshwater ponds, lakes, dams, flood plains, swamps with reeds and sometimes on rivers. Flocks of 1,000 or more are not uncommon in the breeding season.
Diet: Searches for food by standing in shallow water or by selected items from the surface of the water when swimming. They eat mainly plant material such as stems, flowers, fruits and leaves.
Description: Black plumage with strong legs and lobed toes for swimming. Fulica is Latin for 'a coot' taken from the bird's colour; soot. Cristata refers to the 2 red knobs on the top of the shield.
Breeding: Usually 2 to 6 eggs are laid on floating mound made from grasses, leaves and stems of bulrushes.
Size: 40cm. Weight: 825g.
3 Days - A Sossusvlei trip including guided nature drives & visits to the dunes as well as a balloon safari
3 Days - NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful desert areas in Namibia - this fully inclusive trip visits this scenic area
3 Days - Swakopmund on the Namibian coast is the destination of this self drive tour
4 Days - Etosha & Ongava reserve offer excellent wildlife viewing
12 Days - Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha & Ongava Reserves, Okonjima