Common Coot (Fulica atra) - HBW 3, p. 205
French: Foulque macroule
Spanish: Focha Común
Other common names: (Eurasian/Black) Coot
Taxonomy: Fulica atra Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Forms superspecies with F. cristata, F. alai, F. americana, F. caribaea, F. leucoptera and F. ardesiaca. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- atra Linnaeus, 1758 - Europe, N Africa, Azores and Canaries E through C Asia to Japan and S to Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka; winters S to W & NE Africa, SE Asia and Philippines.
- lugubris S. Müller, 1847 - E Java (formerly?) and NW New Guinea.
- novaeguinea Rand, 1940 - C New Guinea.
- australis Gould, 1845 - Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 216 videos
Common Coot kleptoparasitism interspecific versus a Common Moorhen and intraspecific for to eat a red swamp crayfish Locality Oasi di Torrile, Torrile, Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp atra)
Pierandrea Brichetti 13 November 2008 13 weeks ago 49 sec 4.7
Walking on ice, display, preening Locality Ostensjovannet, Oslo, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (ssp atra)
Per Johan 17 March 2007 3 years ago 1 min 31 sec 4.7
Common Coot adult feeding chicks and one chick preening on a dead trunk in Lago di Garda. Locality Peschiera del Garda, Veneto Region, Italy (ssp atra)
Pierandrea Brichetti 1 July 2009 17 weeks ago 57 sec 4.6
A chick very young (born few hours ago), at nest,with an adult Locality Essonne, Île-de-France, France (ssp atra)
Julien Rochefort 9 May 2009 3 years ago 48 sec 4.6
A bird feeding. Locality Englischer Garten, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Jeremiusz Trzaska 9 February 2014 9 weeks ago 28 sec 4.5
Common Coot pair mating Locality Oasi di Torrile, Torrile, Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp atra)
Pierandrea Brichetti 27 March 2008 15 weeks ago 35 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 246 photos
Locality Bergen, Hordaland County, Norway
Geir Jensen 7 August 2008 2 years ago 4.7
running on the water
Locality Ma'agan Michael, Israel
Lior Kislev 20 December 2011 2 years ago 4.6
Adult emerging after a dive with waterdrops on its back
Locality Gaatkensplas, Barendrecht, South Holland Province, Netherlands (ssp atra)
Peter Vercruijsse 7 January 2014 12 weeks ago 4.5
Adult and hatchlings in nest.
Locality Lake Claremont, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Nicholas Tomney 27 December 2013 15 weeks ago 4.5
Adult feeding its chicks
Locality Eijsder Beemden Nature Reserve, Oost-Maarland, Limburg Province, Netherlands (ssp atra)
Peter Vercruijsse 29 July 2009 14 weeks ago 4.4
Common coot with chick.
Locality Paris, Île-de-France, France
Rémi Bigonneau 27 April 2011 2 years ago 4.4
SoundsSee all 8 recordings
Characteristic calls of two birds Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 21 February 2010 4 years ago 4.3
Several birds calls and fighting on the lake. Locality Regent's Park, London, England, Great Britain
Antonio Silveira 13 September 2012 1 year ago 4
A bird calling Locality Antwerp Province, Belgium
Laurent Demongin 15 April 2010 3 years ago 4
Alarm or contact calls Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 February 1984 3 years ago 4
Clicking or bill snapping-type call Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 21 February 2010 4 years ago 4
Calls of a group of young Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 12 July 2009 4 years ago 4