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Horned Coot

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Photo by bievreJJAtacama desert, Chile, October 2012
Photo by bievreJJ
Atacama desert, Chile, October 2012
Fulica cornuta


[edit] Identification

46–53 cm (18-20¾ in); a very large coot

  • Slate-grey head and body
  • Paler underparts
  • Black undertail-coverts with two white stripes
  • Olive-yellow bill changing to orange at the base
  • Three black wattles replace the frontal shield, the central one is longer and covers the upper mandible

[edit] Distribution

South America: South-western Bolivia to northern Chile and northwestern Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Lakes and lagoons in the high Andes.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

There is not much detail. It is, however, known that they eat aquatic plants and grass.

[edit] Breeding

Monogamous and can breed in colonies of up to 80 pairs. They build a platform of stones and vegetation for the nest.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
  3. The Beauty of Birds

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