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Alternative name: Andean Coot
- Fulica ardesiaca
Bird with white bill
Photo by juninho
Pantanos de Villa, Peru
, October 2005
Slate colour, blackish head and neck, bulging frontal shield, and variable bill and shield colors. Typical form in the south of the range has blood-red shield with yellowish bill, but bill can have other colors. A less common form shows white shield and bill, or less commonly yellow shield and white bill.
 Similar species
American Coot has a darker overall color and flatter shield.
Andes of Ecuador to northern Argentina and northern Chile.
This is a monotypic species. Some authorities recognize a secondary subspecies, atrura.2
Lakes and marshes, sometimes found down to sea level but regularly in Andean high steppe.
- Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- "atrura" described in Fjeldsa, 1983 Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 103 p.22
- Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
- Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
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