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 large chick calling and being feed by an adult. Locality West Belconnen Pond, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Stephen Wallace 13 June 2011 2 years ago 25 sec 4
A chick eating moss at the edge of a pond. Locality Parc Pairi Daiza (Paradisio), Cambron-Casteau, Brugelette, Hainaut Province, Belgium (ssp atra)
Josep del Hoyo 4 June 2010 2 years ago 28 sec 4
Pair feeding chicks Locality Brussels, Belgium
Pascal Vagner 18 April 2010 3 years ago 21 sec 4
A bird feeding on seaweed from a wall of the port. Locality Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, Honshu, Japan (ssp atra)
Josep del Hoyo 22 January 2010 3 years ago 31 sec 4
An adult feeding on submerged vegetation Locality Central Scotland, Scotland, Great Britain (ssp atra)
Anne Cotton 22 July 2010 3 years ago 28 sec 4
A chick (?week old) waiting for parents to feed it. Trying hard to keep its balance! Locality Central Scotland, Scotland, Great Britain (ssp atra)
Anne Cotton 22 July 2010 3 years ago 49 sec 4
PhotosSee all 217 photos
Locality Ankara, Ankara Province, Turkey
aucek 28 January 2011 7 weeks ago 3.8
A bird swimming.
Locality Banyoles Lake, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp atra)
Ferran Gil 1 January 2013 11 weeks ago 3.8
An adult swimming in a pond
Locality Bavaria, Germany (ssp atra)
Gustavo A. Rodríguez 4 August 2007 35 weeks ago 3.8
Locality Sopot, Pomeranian Province, Poland
Tomas Grim 20 January 2013 44 weeks ago 3.8
Adult of Common Coot before take off - photo by Altay Zhatkanbayev
Locality Sorbulak Lake, Almaty Province, Kazakhstan
Altay Zhatkanbayev 17 March 2012 1 year ago 3.8
Common Coot resting on the local lakeside
Locality Jerrabomberra, New South Wales, Australia
Lindsay Hansch 25 July 2012 1 year ago 3.8