Large Facial Shield
Parent Feeding Chick
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)|
|Family:||Rails (Rallidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Australasian Coot (Fulica atra ssp australis)|
|This Photo:||Lobed Feet|
Thank you Geoffrey Cox for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA, Adelaide Hills and possibly 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.