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 222 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 33 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 38 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 30 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 36 weeks ago 35 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 268 photos
Locality Bergen, Hordaland County, Norway
Geir Jensen 7 August 2008 2 years ago 4.7
Adult and hatchlings in nest.
Locality Lake Claremont, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Nicholas Tomney 27 December 2013 36 weeks ago 4.6
Mother & chick
Locality Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Margaret Leggoe 5 December 2011 20 weeks ago 4.6
running on the water
Locality Ma'agan Michael, Israel
Lior Kislev 20 December 2011 2 years ago 4.6
Adult feeding chick.
Locality Germany (ssp atra)
Guenther Karmann 15 June 2013 9 weeks ago 4.5
Adult feeding its chick.
Locality Faenza, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp atra)
Alberto Sorace 15 May 2013 16 weeks ago 4.5
SoundsSee all 9 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 4 years ago 4
Alarm or contact calls Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 February 1984 4 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 5 years ago 4