Eurasian Coot

Scientific Name: Fulica atra
Malay Name: Panglin-Hitam Biasa
Chinese Name: 骨顶鸡
Alternative Name(s): Common Coot, Black Coot, European Coot

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

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 (BirdLife International 2019)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Eurasian Coot)

BirdLife International. (2019). Fulica atra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.