Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Fulica
Species: atra

Members' Notes:


On Dec 11, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

The Australasian Coot were rare vagrants until the 1950's when they were confirmed as New Zealand breeders in 1958 at Lake Hayes in Central Otago. Since then their range has expanded widely and they are well established. They favour reed- bordered lakes rather than swamps frequented by other rails. At lake Virginia in Whanganui they have become tame enough to compete with ducks for bread and grain, taking food almost from the hand. Coots are thought to be capable of breeding as one year olds from August to February. Their nests are big bowls lined with rootlets and raupo in a tangle of willow roots with overhead willow cover. Floating nests have been reported. Five or seven creamy white eggs that are uniformly dark spotted and oval with distinctly contrasting blunt and pointed ends, are i... read more