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Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra

Description:

The Eurasian Coot is recognised by its snowy white bill and forehead shield. The remainder of the bird is dark sooty grey, except for its bright red eye. Immature birds are generally paler than adults with a white wash on the throat. Nestlings are downy, black with fine yellow tips. The head is orange-red and the bill is red with a cream-white tip.

Habitat:

In Australia the Eurasian Coot is common in suitably vegetated lagoons and swamps. Birds are less common in the north and in the drier regions

Notes:

Spotted in a pond in Hervey Bay botanical gardens.

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AliceGreenup
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AliceGreenup

Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Sep 29, 2013
Submitted on Sep 29, 2013

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