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 257 videos
Two adults repeatedly diving to feed on aquatic vegetation. Locality Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen Canton, Switzerland (ssp atra)
Josep del Hoyo 4 October 2015 14 weeks ago 1 min 3 sec 4.8
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 2 years ago 49 sec 4.8
An adult diving and eating vegetation taken from the lake's bottom. Locality Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen Canton, Switzerland (ssp atra)
Josep del Hoyo 4 October 2015 14 weeks ago 38 sec 4.7
An individual following a White-headed Duck male while foraging under water, and taking advantage of food items rising to the su Locality La Veguilla Lagoon, Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (ssp atra)
Josep del Hoyo 9 February 2015 45 weeks ago 2 min 4.7
A juvenile swims after its parents, calling loudly Locality Slimbridge Wildlife & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain (ssp atra)
Joe Angseesing 15 June 2008 6 years ago 29 sec 4.7
Walking on ice, display, preening Locality Ostensjovannet, Oslo, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (ssp atra)
Per Johan 17 March 2007 5 years ago 1 min 31 sec 4.7
PhotosSee all 347 photos
Locality Bergen, Hordaland County, Norway
Geir Jensen 7 August 2008 4 years ago 4.7
Adult and hatchlings in nest.
Locality Lake Claremont, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Nicholas Tomney 27 December 2013 2 years ago 4.6
Mother & chick
Locality Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Margaret Leggoe 5 December 2011 1 year ago 4.6
Territorial fight between males are common
Locality Getterön Nature Reserve, Varberg, Halland County, Sweden
GunnarPettersson 15 August 2012 40 weeks ago 4.6
running on the water
Locality Ma'agan Michael, Israel
Lior Kislev 20 December 2011 4 years ago 4.6
Common Coot with chick
Locality Tablas de Daimiel National Park, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
W.H.Schulenburg 21 May 2015 27 weeks ago 4.5
SoundsSee all 11 recordings
Characteristic calls of two birds Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 21 February 2010 5 years ago 4.3
Calls by two birds in the water. Locality Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen Canton, Switzerland
Josep del Hoyo 4 October 2015 14 weeks ago 4
Several birds calls and fighting on the lake. Locality Regent's Park, London, England, Great Britain
Antonio Silveira 13 September 2012 3 years ago 4
A bird calling Locality Antwerp Province, Belgium
Laurent Demongin 15 April 2010 5 years ago 4
Alarm or contact calls Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 February 1984 5 years ago 4
Clicking or bill snapping-type call Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 21 February 2010 5 years ago 4