Scientific name: Fulica atra
Nature Stars: 20
About: A familiar bird of lakes and reservoirs. They spend more of their time out on the water than their relative, the Moorhen. Coot dive for small invertebrates and water weeds. Coot chicks are fluffy and black, with orange fluff around the face and head and b
How to identify: Coot can be told from the similar Moorhen by their entirely slatey black bodies with no white patches and the bill, which is bright white. Coot spend most of their time out in the middle of the water, diving for food, although they will also come out onto
Fantastic fact: There are eleven species of coot in the world, most of which live in South America.
Photograph credit: David Longshaw