Hindi name: Dasari
Common coot or Eurasian coot is commonly found at ponds, lakes or rivers. It is aggressive and territorial bird. It is known for its territorial fights, which are famous and spectacular. The coot runs fast over the lake and raises beautiful showers of water.
How does the bird appear…
Head is deep black while neck and body are paler. It has clearly visible white patch on head. The bill is pale pinkish-white. Eyes are red. Legs are greenish-yellow and the lobed feet are grey. In breeding plumage, the male shows broader white shield than female.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
The Common Coot is found in large slow-flowing waters, and prefers shallow waters but with close deeper areas for foraging.
Common coot is an omnivorous bird. It feeds on the eggs of other water birds, algae, vegetation, seeds and fruit.
Breeding & Nesting
Its breeding season varies depending upon range. It is monogamous bird. The coot usually nests in emergent vegetation and in shallow water, and sometimes in open, occasionally on floating vegetation. Incubation period is of around 20-26 days. Incubation is done by both parents. The chicks are precocial.