Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Near Threatened

Horned Coot (Fulica cornuta)


French: Foulque cornue German: Rüsselblässhuhn Spanish: Focha cornuda

Fulica cornuta


, 1853,

Potosí, Bolivia




N Chile, SW Bolivia and NW Argentina.

Descriptive notes

46–53 cm; one male 2100 g, two females 1600 and 1900 g, two juveniles 1360 and 1500 g. Adult slate grey, darkest on head and neck; undertail-coverts black with two... read more


Apparently similar to that of F. gigantea, although only a low grunting series of 3–... read more


Barren Andean high-altitude lakes, both freshwater and brackish, with dense submerged aquatic... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Eats mainly aquatic plants, especially Myriophyllum, Potamogeton and Ruppia; also grass and some... read more


Breeds mainly Oct–Feb, although nest building recorded as early as Sept. Monogamous; may breed in colonies of up to 80 pairs. Nest... read more


May fly from one feeding ground to another. Local populations fluctuate greatly between periods of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. Probably in decline. Normally occurs at low densities: 1–10 nesting... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Horned Coot (Fulica cornuta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 February 2020).