French: Foulque à jarretières German: Gelbschnabel-Blässhuhn Spanish: Focha de ligas
C & S Chile, and SE Brazil and Uruguay S through Argentina to Tierra del Fuego.
43–51 cm. Large coot, with white undertail-coverts and no white on secondaries; pointed frontal shield, giving somewhat angular profile, and distinct red mark along... read more
Alarm call of male a short, whistled “huit”; also an explosive “pit” and repeated “wuw” of... read more
Lakes, large ponds, rivers, marshes and deep, clear roadside ditches; rarely seen on small pools... read more
Food and feeding
Eats primarily aquatic plants. A skilled diver, obtaining most of food in open, fairly deep water; also upends. Occasionally raids water... read more
Chile, Oct–Nov with replacement clutches until Jan; Brazil, Nov, large young Feb; Argentina, two peaks, mid-Sept and mid-Oct (latter... read more
Apparently normally sedentary; in Rio Grande do Sul present all year but given to considerable... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly regarded as abundant, and still regarded as common, but very few data available. Concentration of c. 10,400 birds counted in... read more
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