Eurasian Coot (species: Fulica atra) in Royal NP (Gaia Guide)
Fulica atra
Eurasian Coot

©Photo Nature: Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

©Alec Brennan: Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

©Leo: Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Gruiformes
Family Rallidae
Genus Fulica
Species Fulica atra
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is largely black except for the white facial shield. As a swimming species, the Coot has partial webbing on its long strong toes.

The juvenile is paler than the adult, has a whitish breast, and lacks the facial shield; the adult black plumage develops when about 3–4 months old, but the white shield is only fully developed at about one year old. (Wikipedia)


  • From 32 cm to 42 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • Up to 75 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Coot breeds across much of the Old World on freshwater lakes and ponds. It occurs and breeds in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. The species has recently expanded its range into New Zealand. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, but migrates further south and west from much of Asia in winter as the waters freeze. (Wikipedia)


The Coot is an omnivore, and will take a variety of small live prey including the eggs of other water birds, as well as algae, vegetation, seeds and fruit. It shows considerable variation in its feeding techniques, grazing on land or in the water. In the water it may upend in the fashion of a Mallard or dive in search of food. (Wikipedia)

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