Scientific Name: Fulica atra
Alternative Names: Common Coot, Black Coot, European Coot
Malay Name: Panglin-Hitam Biasa
Chinese Name: 骨顶鸡
Found throughout the Palearctic and Australasia with the northern populations wintering to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: atra, lugubris, novaeguineae, australis
Local Subspecies: atra
Size: 40.5-42.5 cm
Identification: Adult has overall slaty-black plumage and diagnostic all white bill and frontal shield. Juvenile has light-grey to greyish brown plumage and whitish throat.
Similar looking species: Common Moorhen
Habitat: Freshwater wetlands.
Behaviour/Ecology: Usually seen swimming and patters along the water surface when disturbed.
Local Status: Very rare vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Poyan Reservoir
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia