Australasian Coot
Large Facial Shield
Murray Mallee Region
Dusky Moorhen
Australasian Coot (Fulica atra ssp australis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Cranes (Gruiformes)
Family: Rails (Rallidae)
Species: Australasian Coot (Fulica atra ssp australis)
This Photo:     Lobed Feet

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA & Adelaide Hills, and elsewhere
According to Piotr Minias, in his Oct 2014 study, gender differentiation using the size of the frontal shield is only ~70% accurate.
Eurasian Coots have lobed feet, not webbed. The lobes, or flaps, fold easily; probably making it easy to 'swim' through water with lots of vegetation.

Copyright © 2010- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Mar-2010
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)