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  Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)





Eurasian Coot | Fulica atra photo
Eurasian Coot

Photograph copyright: Nickolay Tilcheff - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Eurasian Coot | Fulica atra photo
Eurasian Coot

Photograph copyright: Nickolay Tilcheff - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



EURASIAN COOT FACTS

Description
The Eurasian Coot is dark grey with a white bill. It has a bright red eye. Young birds are paler than adults. Similar in size and shape to the Dusky Moorhen.

Size
36cm

Habitat
swamps, lakes, lagoons where there is vegetation for cover and nesting

Food
mainly plants. Also some insects and small fish

Breeding
the nest is a floating mass of vegetation built on logs or stumps surrounded by water. Lays up to 15 eggs.

Range
found across much of Australia except arid interior. Also found in Indonesia.

distribution map showing range of Fulica atra in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Rallidae
Genus:Fulica
Species:atra
Common Name:Eurasian Coot