French: Foulque à crête German: Kammblässhuhn Spanish: Focha moruna
J. F. Gmelin
S & E Spain#R and N Morocco; Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and Uganda S through Rwanda, Burundi, E DRCongo and Tanzania, W to Angola and S to South Africa; also Madagascar.
35–42 cm; male 770–910 g, female 455–790 g, unsexed 363–1236 (737) g; wingspan 75–85 cm. Differs from F. atra in overall slightly... read more
Vocabulary wide. Commonest calls: sharp, shrill “kik” or “krik”; low, reedy “kek”; shrill, trilled... read more
Chiefly frequents open fresh water of lakes, lagoons, ponds, permanent and temporary dams and vleis... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous; takes mainly aquatic vegetation, especially non-rooting submerged or floating plants and including filamentous algae (... read more
Spain and N Africa, May; Morocco, Feb–Sept; Ethiopia, Apr–Jul, Sept–Dec; Kenya and NE Tanzania, all months; W Kenya and... read more
Mainly sedentary; also nomadic and opportunistic. Local movements evident from degree of winter... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Range has decreased in both Europe and N Africa; now close to extinction in Europe; reasons for decline not clear. Locally common to... read more
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