Eurasian Coot
Large Facial Shield
Murray Mallee Region
Dusky Moorhen
 
    
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Bird (Aves)
Order: Crane (Gruiformes)
Family: Rails (Rallidae)
Species: Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
This Photo:     Lobed Feet

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee & Adelaide Hills
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, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)