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 261 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 34 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 34 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 1 year 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 365 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
Territorial fight between males are common
Locality Getterön Nature Reserve, Varberg, Halland County, Sweden
GunnarPettersson 15 August 2012 1 year 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 47 weeks ago 4.5
Blässhuhn (Fulica atra atra)
Locality Switzerland (ssp atra)
Niele 1 year ago 4.5
SoundsSee all 11 recordings
Characteristic calls of two birds Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 21 February 2010 6 years ago 4.3
Calls by two birds in the water. Locality Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen Canton, Switzerland
Josep del Hoyo 4 October 2015 34 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 6 years ago 4
Alarm or contact calls Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 February 1984 6 years ago 4
Clicking or bill snapping-type call Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 21 February 2010 6 years ago 4