Key information: With its black plumage, white bill and white forehead, the Coot is unmistakable. It is a permanent resident in Cyprus, although in the winter and during migration numbers increase as more Coots arrive in Cyprus. During the breeding season, it defends its territory very fiercely and it won’t hesitate to charge at intruders. It is bigger than the Moorhen.
Length: 36 – 42 cm
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Seeds, invertebrates, fish
In Cyprus: Can be seen at all wetlands of Cyprus
Status: Winter visitor, passage migrant, resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis