Coot

(Fulica Atra)

Appearance: - The Common Coot has a black-charcoal colour plumage with a distinctive white front face shield and beak. The legs and feet are silver-grey with large lobed toes. Both sexes are alike.

Size: - Typical Adult is 36-38cm (14-15in).

Food: - Vegetation, grasses, snails, insect larvae, and birds eggs.

Habitat/Range: - Marshland, well vegetated lakes, ponds, and rivers. The Common or Eurasian Coot is found in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australasia.

Common Coot Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - Starts mid-March.

Eggs: - 6 to 12 (yellow-grey colour with dark brown speckles).

Notes: - The Coot is similar to the Moorhen which it is related to, however the Coot is slightly larger with large lobed toes, and has a white face-shield and beak compared to the Moorhen's red face-shield and beak. Coots are aggressive birds, using their large feet to attack other birds.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Rallidae,
Genus: Fulica.

Compare with the Moorhen.

Coot video:

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