Common Coot is found in the wetlands a little away from Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name : Fulica atra
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Gruiformes
Family : Rallidae
Genus : Fulica
Species : F. atra
How do I identify this bird :
Observe carefully the photos in the gallery above and note the following:
- This bird is about 36-38 cms long.
- It is blackish (slaty black) in colour.
- It is a practically tailless bird.
- It has ivory white pointed bill (not flat) and frontal shield (on forehead).
- It looks like a duck when swimming at a distance.
- It has a peculiar and characteristic lobed or scalloped toes.
- It skitters along the water to take off, half running and half flying.
- It struggles at take off but once in the air flies strongly.
Where do I find this bird :
- These birds have been seen in a waterbody full of reeds near the village called Pinjrat near DPS Tapi.
- They are generally found in reed edged lakes and ponds and in winter their numbers increase due to migrants from central and western Asia.
- The nesting season is mainly July/ August.
- The nest is usually a large compact mass of rushes among matted reeds slightly above water level.
Hindi : Thekari
Gujarati : Aad, Dasadi
Marathi : Poonaar