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

Range:
Found throughout the Palearctic and Australasia with the northern populations wintering to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy:
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 (BirdLife International 2019)

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References:
BirdLife International. (2019). Fulica atra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22692913A154269531.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.