Eurasian Coot

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 14 April 2010
Scientific Name
Fulica atra
  • Gruiformes
  • Rallidae
  • Fulica
  • F. atra
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
14 to 17 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Frango-d'agua-comum
Czech (Cesky) lyska černá
Danish (Dansk) Blishøne
Dutch (Nederlands) Meerkoet
Finnish (Suomi) Nokikana
French (Français) Foulque Macroule
German (Deutsch) Bläßhuhn
Italian (Italiano) Folaga
Japanese (日本語) オオバン (Ooban)
Korean (한국어) 물닭
Norwegian (Norsk) Sothøne
Polish (Polski) łyska
Russian (русский язык) Лысуха
Spanish (Español) Focha Común
Swedish (Svenska) Sothöna
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