French: Foulque macroule German: Blässhuhn Spanish: Focha común
Other common names:
Australian Coot (australis)
Subspecies and Distribution
F. a. atra
Linnaeus, 1758 – Europe, N Africa, Azores and Canaries E through C Asia to Japan and S to Indian Subcontinent, including Sri Lanka; winters S to W & NE Africa, SE Asia and Philippines.
F. a. lugubris
S. Müller, 1847 – E Java (formerly?) and NW New Guinea.
F. a. novaeguineae
Rand, 1940 – C New Guinea.
F. a. australis
Gould, 1845 – Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Presumably this subspecies recorded regularly in Flores and Timor-Leste (at least one breeding record on latter#R#R).
36–39 cm; nominate male 610–1200 (902) g, female 610–1150 (770) g; race australis male 481–660 (568) g, female 476–609 (552) g, unsexed... read more
Combat call of male a sharp, explosive “pssi”, of female a short, croaking “ai... read more
Mainly large, still or slow-moving waters. Inhabits lakes, pools, ponds, reservoirs, barrages,... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, but primarily vegetarian. Eats mainly vegetative parts and seeds of aquatic and sometimes terrestrial plants, including algae... read more
Europe, Feb–Sept, mostly Mar–Jul; Azerbaijan, Apr–Jun; N Africa, Mar–Jun; Kashmir and N India, May–Sept; S... read more
Present all year in warm and temperate regions, although not necessarily resident, but mainly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Nominate race has expanded range in Europe since late 19th century; marked population fluctuations in many areas due to hard winters... read more
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