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 212 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 6 weeks ago 49 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 10 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 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 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 8 weeks ago 35 sec 4.5
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 46 weeks ago 42 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 232 photos
Locality Bergen, Hordaland County, Norway
Geir Jensen 7 August 2008 2 years ago 4.7
Adult feeding its chicks
Locality Eijsder Beemden Nature Reserve, Oost-Maarland, Limburg Province, Netherlands (ssp atra)
Peter Vercruijsse 29 July 2009 7 weeks ago 4.4
Common Coot (Fulica atra)
Locality Les Grangettes Nature Reserve, Noville, Vaud Canton, Switzerland
Jacques Erard 1 February 2009 13 weeks ago 4.3
Close up of an adult in nice light
Locality Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
ColTrainor 1 November 2013 17 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 1 year 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
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