Coot

Fulica atra (Linnaeus, 1758)

The coot has an entirely black body and bright white bill. Its feet have distinctive lobed flaps of skin on the toes which act in the same way as webbed feet when swimming. (rspb and wildlife trusts)

Coot

Identification

The coot has an entirely black body and bright white bill. Its feet have distinctive lobed flaps of skin on the toes which act in the same way as webbed feet when swimming. (rspb and wildlife trusts)

ORDER

Gruiformes

FAMILY

Rallidae

TYPE

Waterfowl

Widespread across town and countryside.

Wetlands

They eat vegetation, seeds, snails and insect larvae.

They can be seen all year round

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
Jan
Feb
Mar
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May
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LATIN NAME

Fulica atra

LENGTH (CM)

36-40

WINGSPAN (CM)

75

WEIGHT (G)

800

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

5

CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Amber: moderate conservation concern
  • Green: low conservation concern
  • Introduced: non-native species
  • Red: high conservation concern

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