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About the Eurasian Coot

Also known as: Coot, Australian Coot, Common Coot

The Eurasian Coot, or simply Coot, is a species of rail that lives on freshwater lakes and ponds in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. They are mostly black with a white facial shield.

Unlike other birds in the rail family, Coots are commonly seen, swimming on open water or walking across grass fields. They are highly territorial during breeding season and will agressively defend their territory and nestlings. Outside of breeding season they form large flocks; it is not unusual to find huge rafts of the birds in the fall and winter.

Coots are omnivorous, and feed by grazing on land or water, or diving in the water.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 April 2010
Scientific Name Fulica atra
  • Gruiformes
  • Rallidae
  • Fulica
  • F. atra
Birdorable Family Rails, Cranes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
14 to 17 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa North America Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Frango-d'agua-comum (Brazilian)
  • lyska černá (Czech)
  • Blishøne (Danish)
  • Meerkoet (Dutch)
  • Nokikana (Finnish)
  • Foulque Macroule (French)
  • Bläßhuhn (German)
  • Folaga (Italian)
  • オオバン (Ooban) (Japanese)
  • 물닭 (Korean)
  • Sothøne (Norwegian)
  • łyska (Polish)
  • Лысуха (Russian)
  • Focha Común (Spanish)
  • Sothöna (Swedish)

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