Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra

Order

GRUIFORMES

Family

Rails and Coots (Rallidae)

Code 4

EUCO

Code 6

FULATR

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Eurasian Coot, also known as the Common Coot, has a current evaluation of Least Concern. The range of this bird species is about 10 million square kilometers. The population of the Eurasian Coot is nearly 9 million individual birds. This bird species is native to countries throughout Europe and Asia. It has also been seen in other areas as well, including the United States, Canada and Guam. At this time, there is no immediate concern regarding the range and population of the Eurasian Coot, leading to a downgraded rating from a prior rating of Lower Risk in 2000.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Eurasian Coot: Medium, squat marsh bird, all black with white bill, frontal shield. Eye-rings are red, legs are yellow-gray. Feeds on aquatic plants, insects, amphibians, mollusks and small fish. Agressive towards other water birds. Swift direct flight on rapid wing beats, feet protrude beyond tail.


Range and Habitat

Eurasian Coot: Ranges from Eurasia to Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. Birds have also recently transported themselves to New Zealand, and the species is quickly becoming established. Very rarely appears in the Pribilof Islands of Alaska, Newfoundland and Labrador. Found in slow moving fresh or coastal waters.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"kowk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eurasian Coot is able to compress its feathers and squeeze out all of the air, which allows it to dive deeply and for longer periods.
  • They are reluctant to fly, and when taking off they run across the surface of the water splashing as they go.
  • If food becomes scarce, the young birds may be killed by the parents.
  • A group of coots has many collective nouns, including a "codgery", "commotion", "fleet", "shoal", and "swarm" of coots.

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TERMINOLOGY

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Gary Owen Dick

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David Wenzel

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