PORT PHILLIP BAY


Eurasian Coot 

Fulica atra

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Gruiformes
Family:
Rallidae
Genus:
Fulica
Species:
atra

General Description

Body dusky grey-black, bill and forehead white. Toes separated, not fully webbed (lobate). Body up to 40 cm long.

Biology

Eurasian Coots feed on aquatic vegetation and short grasses in pastures or lawns near the water.

Habitat

Freshwater wetlands, swamps and ornamental ponds.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Coots, rails and swamphens

Max Size

40 cm

Diet

Herbivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7923

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