Eurasian Coot

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 Subspeciesatra

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 speciesCommon 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


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia