COOT
(Fulica Atra)
Merganser                  Coscoroba Swan


Swan Lake Zone - Slimbridge
The Coot can be found generally all around SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Breeding Habitat
Europe, Asia, Africa and Austrlasia.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Migrate Southward in winter during the night and arrive at their destination before dawn.

Conservation Status


Size
360mm to 380mm (14" to 15")

Appearance - Drake
The male has mainly Black/Grey plumage with White face shield and bill. They have Silver/Grey long lobed toes and strong legs.

Appearance - Duck
Similar to the male.

Habitat
Lakes, Rivers, Marshlands and Ponds.

Diet
Vegetation, Seeds, small animals and eggs.

Breeding Time
March.

Nest
Built in shallow water from vegetation.

Eggs
Quantity: 6 to 12.
Colour: Yellow/Grey with Brown speckles.

Slimbridge Wildfowl C - F
Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis)
Canvasback (Aythya Valisineria)
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis Novaehollandiae)
Cape Teal (Anas Capensis)
Chestnut Teal (Anas Castanea)
Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis)
Chiloe Wigeon (Anas Sibilatrix)
Chinese Spot-Billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis Melanotos)
Common Merganser (Mergus Merganser)
Coot (Fulica Atra)
Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba Coscoroba)
Crested Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides Virgo)
Eider (Somateria Mollissima)
Emperor Goose (Anser or Chen Canagicus)
Eurasian Crane (Grus Grus)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas Penelope)
Falcated Duck (Anas Falcata)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya Nyroca)
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta Naevosa)
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COOT
Merganser                  Coscoroba Swan
Coot
©Nigel Key Coot (Slimbridge March 2011)

The Coot is a member of the Rallidae family (rail) and is related to the Moorhen.

The face shield on the Coot is featherless and gives rise to the expression ‘bald as a coot’.

The large feet of the Coot allow them to walk easily on soft and uneven ground. Whereas the Coot can walk and run well they are not very good fliers due to their small rounded wings.
   Hear the Coot's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Coot (Slimbridge May 2013) Coot (Slimbridge July 2013) Coot (Slimbridge September 2013)
25/05/13
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Coot (Slimbridge August 2010) Coot (Slimbridge June 2011) Coot (Slimbridge May 2013)
22/08/10
04/06/11
25/05/13
Coot (Slimbridge April 2010) Coot (Slimbridge June 2010) Coot (Slimbridge August 2010)
22/04/10
04/06/10
22/08/10
Coot (Slimbridge March 2009) Coot (Slimbridge June 2009) Coot (Slimbridge June 2009)
24/03/09
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Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
Moorhen - www.slim-bridge.co.uk