The Red-fronted Coot is distributed from southern Peru and south-eastern Brazil to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. In Chile it is found from north of Santiago to Puerto Montt but I saw a Red-fronted Coot at the Parque Nacional Chiloe, which I think might be a small range extension. It seemed to be nesting.
|It inhabits lakes and marshes where it prefers to be close to the vegetation and is probably less easy to see than other species of coot in the region.
The bill is yellow and the frontal shield is a deep red. The white undertail coverts are conspicuous when swimming away from you.
|Its distinctive head shape shows a peaked crown. It shows a flatter back and a longer tail than other coots.|
|Photo 4 shows a juvenile.|