RUFF

Philomachus pugnax

A: Kemphaan

 

A common summer visitor to most water bodies across South Africa. Present at both inland and coastal wetlands. A large species with scalloped upperparts very prominent. Legs are normally orange, and some appear much more redder – and they can be mistaken for Common Reshank. Bill is intermediate length, and slighting decurved. One of the ‘default’ large waders in South Africa.