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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

13. The Coot
(Fulica atra)

13. The Coot

The Coot, sometimes called the Bald-headed Coot in allusion to its white frontal shield, is a common bird of our larger pools, lakes and river-backwaters. Clad in dark steel-grey, its long toes curiously fringed and lobed, it is perfectly at home on and under the water. It makes its bulky nest of reeds and rushes in some quiet nook, both cock and hen working hard to build it, sharing not only this labour but that of incubating the eggs and looking after the young. They are devoted parents.