Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Caribbean Coot (Fulica caribaea) - HBW 3, p. 207

French: Foulque à cachet blanc German: Karibenbläßhuhn Spanish: Focha Caribeña

Taxonomy: Fulica caribæa Ridgway, 1884, St John, Virgin Islands.
Sometimes regarded as conspecific with F. americana. Forms superspecies with F. cristata, F. atra, F. alai, F. americana, F. leucoptera and F. ardesiaca. Monotypic.

Distribution: S Bahamas (N Caicos) through Greater Antilles (except I of Pines) and Lesser Antilles (S to Grenada and Barbados) to Trinidad, Curaçao and NW Venezuela. Records of birds from North American localities all refer to F. americana.