Eurasian Coot

Scientific Name: Fulica atra

Malay Name: Panglin-Hitam Biasa

Chinese Name: 白骨顶

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)

Location: Poyan Reservoir

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BirdLife International. (2019). Fulica atra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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

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