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AMERICAN COOT / EURASIAN COOT


by Adrian Binns 02/06

 

 

AMERICAN COOT
Fulica americana

American Coot at Delaware Valley Birding Resources

EURASIAN COOT
Fulica atra

 

 

© A & J Binns

© A & J Binns
 

Size and Structure

15 . Slightly smaller with a slimmer straighter back profile than Eurasian

16

 

Plumage

Paler gray plumage, giving it a slightly stronger contrast with blacker head and neck

Darker sooty gray body with black head

 

Bill

Whitish with a dusky reddish-brown sun-terminal band

Pinkish hue

 

Frontal Plate

Dark reddish-brown. Some show a white frontal shield

White

 

Undertail Coverts

Outer undertail coverts are white

All black

 

Head Shape

More angular than Eurasian

More rounded head

 

Facial Feathering

Black facial feathering at the base of the bill more rounded and not as pointed as on Eurasian

Black facial feathering at the base of the bill projects to a sharp point

 

Flight

Whitish trailing edge to secondaries a little more conspicuous

 

 

 

 
AMERICAN COOT
Fulica americana
EURASIAN COOT
Fulica atra
Size and Structure 15 ½”. Slightly smaller with a slimmer straighter back profile than Eurasian 16 ½”
Plumage Paler gray plumage, giving it a slightly stronger contrast with blacker head and neck Darker sooty gray body with black head
Bill Whitish with a dusky reddish-brown sun-terminal band Pinkish hue
Frontal Plate Dark reddish-brown. Some show a white frontal shield White
Undertail Coverts Outer undertail coverts are white All black
Head Shape More angular than Eurasian More rounded head
Facial Feathering Black facial feathering at the base of the bill more rounded and not as pointed as on Eurasian Black facial feathering at the base of the bill projects to a sharp point
Flight Whitish trailing edge to secondaries a little more conspicuous