Common coot

Scientific name: Fulica atra
Mongolian name: Халзан Түншүүр
Order: Gruiformes
Bird family: Rallidae (Rails, crakes, gallinules, coots)
Conservation status: LC


Key information

The Eurasian coot (Fulica atra), also known as the common coot is a member of the rail and crake bird family, the Rallidae. It is found in Europe, Asian countries including Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Africa.

Length : 32–42 cm (13–17 in)

Weight : 585–1,100 g (1.290–2.425 lb)

Population : 7,950,000-9,750,000 individuals

Habitat: The coot is a noisy bird with a wide repertoire of crackling, explosive, or trumpeting found mostly on freshwater lakes and ponds.

Diet: small live prey including the eggs of other water birds, as well as algae, vegetation, seeds and fruit