Birds A-Z

Common Coot

Fulica atra


David Farrow, xeno-canto


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

Habitat: Wetlands

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

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