|Coot (Fulica atra)
(aka Eurasian Coot, Common Coot)
The Coot is a common water bird occurring from Europe and north Africa through Asia to Australia and New Zealand.
It likes fairly large and still bodies of water but is very adaptable and does not need as much cover as other water birds.
|It is mainly vegetarian but also eats worms, insect larvae, etc..
The top photo shows a Coot adopting an aggressive attitude in preparation for chasing a rival. This individual has a fairly large white frontal shield.
|Juveniles can be seen in the 3rd and 4th photos.|
There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 3, Pages 119, 123 and 202.