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 197 videos
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 2 years ago 48 sec 4.6
Adult and chick preening their plumage quite synchronized. Seems that the chick is learning to do this from the adult. Finally t Locality Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Lutz Dürselen 5 June 2011 2 years ago 1 min 17 sec 4.5
A juvenile swims after its parents, calling loudly Locality Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain (ssp atra)
Joe Angseesing 15 June 2008 4 years ago 29 sec 4.5
The quake in the water. If coots fighting . Filmed in Duelmen Locality Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Christian Wiesmann 5 April 2009 3 years ago 49 sec 4.5
A bird feeding chicks on the water. Locality Arkenbos Nature Reserve, Willebroek, Antwerp Province, Belgium
Jeremiusz Trzaska 10 June 2013 25 weeks ago 24 sec 4.4
An dult bird and several chicks feeding on plants, on the water. Locality Whakamaru Dam, Whakamaru, North Island, New Zealand (ssp australis)
Josep del Hoyo 13 February 2013 33 weeks ago 42 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 217 photos
Locality Bergen, Hordaland County, Norway
Geir Jensen 7 August 2008 1 year ago 4.7
Common Coot (Fulica atra)
Locality Les Grangettes Nature Reserve, Noville, Vaud Canton, Switzerland
Jacques Erard 1 February 2009 4 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4.3
Close up of an adult in nice light
Locality Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
ColTrainor 1 November 2013 4 weeks ago 4.3
A nestling and an egg
Locality Molentargius Natural Park, Cagliari Province, Sardinia, Italy (ssp atra)
raniero massoli-novelli 1 June 2001 44 weeks ago 4.3
Coot preparing to jump off log.
Locality Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (ssp australis)
Margaret Leggoe 25 November 2012 1 year ago 4.3
running on the water
Locality Ma'agan Michael, Israel
Lior Kislev 20 December 2011 1 year ago 4.3
SoundsSee all 8 recordings
Characteristic calls of two birds Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 21 February 2010 3 years ago 4.3
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 3 years ago 4
Calls of a group of young Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 12 July 2009 4 years ago 4
Shrill, high pitched call Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 21 February 2010 3 years ago 3.5