Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Red-gartered Coot (Fulica armillata)


French: Foulque à jarretières German: Gelbschnabel-Blässhuhn Spanish: Focha de ligas

Fulica armillata


, 1817,





C & S Chile, and SE Brazil and Uruguay S through Argentina to Tierra del Fuego.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Red-gartered Coot (Fulica armillata). 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 22 January 2020).