Eurasian Coot male

Eurasian Coot

Scientific name: Fulica atra

Did you know: The Eurasian Coot has a unique white facial shield, which inspired the phrase “as bald as a coot”!

What Do Eurasian Coots Look Like? (how to identify them)

Eurasian Coots, known for their slate-black body and glossy black head, boast a striking white bill and frontal shield. 

These birds typically measure 36–38 cm in length and have a wingspan of 70–80 cm. Their strong toes have partial webbing, aiding their swimming prowess.

Differences Between Male And Female Eurasian Coots

In Eurasian Coots, both sexes appear similar, making it a challenge to distinguish between them based on physical characteristics alone.

What Do Eurasian Coots Eat?

Omnivorous by nature, Eurasian Coots feed on a varied diet including algae, vegetation, seeds, small live prey like snails, insect larvae, and even the eggs of other water birds.

Where Do Eurasian Coots Live? (inc. migration info)

Eurasian Coots inhabit freshwater lakes, ponds, and urban environments like parks and gardens with water access. 

They are found in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa, and have recently expanded to New Zealand. Some populations migrate in winter to escape freezing waters.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Eurasian Coots)

The Eurasian Coot is a vocal species, especially at night. Its calls range from crackling and explosive to trumpeting sounds, contributing to its distinctive presence in its habitat.

Fun Eurasian Coot Facts (kid friendly)

  • Eurasian Coots have lobed toes, not webbed like ducks.
  • They can dive underwater for food but eat their catch on the surface.
  • Young Coots have a different look, with paler colours and a yellow beak.
  • In flight, Coots bob their heads and make short dives.
  • They are known for their loud and frequent “kut” calls.

Eurasian Coot Images

Male Eurasian Coot Male
Female Eurasian Coot Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Eurasian Coot

Diet: Vegetation, seeds, snails and insect larvae.
Bird Family: Rails, crakes and coots
Length: 36-38cm
Wingspan: 70-80cm
Weight: 600-900g
Scientific Name: Fulica atra

The Eurasian Coot Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December