Fulica atra - Coot

Phylum: Chordata - Class: Aves - Order: Gruiformes - Family: Rallidae


The Coot is a medium-sized crake with dull black plumage and a white, flesh forehead. The legs and feet are grey, with lobed webbing to the toes. The young have a grey-brown tinge.

Coot, Slimbridge, UK

Coots are very common in Britain, where they are resident all the year round. They can be seen on ponds and reservoirs as well as slow-flowing rivers, sometimes visiting the tidal reaches and sheltered estuaries. They dive frequently.

Coot, Wales

When a coot is in flight, you can see that the wings have white trailing edges.


This page includes pictures kindly contributed by the Countryside Council for Wales.

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