Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Fulica
Species: Fulica atra

Coots, or Fulica atra, are common water-dwelling birds found in Europe, they are often found in similar places as moorhens.


Coots have jet black backs, wings, necks, underparts, head and tail. The only parts of the coot that aren’t black is its beck and frontal shield, which are white, and its eyes, which are red.


When breeding, coots are very violent and often attack other birds. Coots aren't very good fliers and prefer to stay in the water than fly. In winter, they are often found in flocks near moors.


Coots feed mainly on aquatic plants, but they will also graze on grass.


Coots are found near slow moving, or still, water. They build their nest near the water out of reeds. The clutch is 1 to 14 and the eggs are a brown color with darker markings.


Found in most of Europe east of Great Britain, but not most of the north, also found in Australia, New Zealand and the north of Africa.