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Eurasian Coot

(Fulica atra)
Alternate name(s): "Coot"
Size: 35-38 cm
Weight: 585-1100 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

Click here for a physical description

Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Coot at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

Click here for information on habitat and range


Click here for sighting information


Race "atra"

We have taken photos of Eurasian Coots, nominate race "atra", in Europe. On this page we give a full description of the species/race, including breeding information.

Photos of Eurasian Coots, race "australis", were taken in Australia. On this page we give a full description of the species/race, including breeding information.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

eurcoot_dw_20190415.m4a atra
Contact calls? © DW
eurcoot_jp_20190413.m4a atra
Contact calls? © JP
eurcoot_jp_20200117.m4a atra
? © JP
eurcoot_20200316_5.m4a australis
Contact calls(?) © MD
eurcoot_20220504.m4a australis
Contact calls? (Q&A) © MD
eurcoot_20161208.m4a australis
Alarm call © MD
eurcoot_20151203.mp3 australis
Alarm calls © MD
eurcoot_20160725_2.mp3 australis
Warning calls(?) © MD
eurcoot_20200316.m4a australis
Warning calls(?) © MD
eurcoot_20200316_4.m4a australis
Mating calls(?) © MD
eurcoot_20161208_2.m4a australis
Upset/fighting(?) © MD
eurcoot_20161104.mp3 australis
Alarm calls (chick) © MD
eurcoot_20140716.mp3 australis
? (Immature) © MD
eurcoot_20200316_2.m4a australis
? © MD
eurcoot_20200316_3.m4a australis
? © MD

More Eurasian Coot sound recordings are available at .

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

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