Photo © by Stanley Jones
Cordillera Blanca, Huascaran National Park, Laguna Patochocha, Pachacoto, Ancash, Peru
, August 2017
- Fulica gigantea
48β59 cm (19-23ΒΌ in)
Very large coot.
Mostly black, lacking white in undertail. Head has a distinct shape. Bill is red in lower mandible and tip, white upper mandible, and yellow frontal shield that continues narrowly to the crown where it is surrounded by two feather tufts, giving an impression of the head being partly split.
Note distinctive head shape
Photo © by megan perkins
Salinas N. Park, Peru
South America: found in the Andes of southern Peru to northern Chile and northwestern Argentina.
This is a monotypic species.
Lakes of the high Andean steppe with adjacent puna grassland. Observed at heights around 3,491 m.
Monogomous. Constructs nest on floating plant material.
Their diet consists almost entirely of aquatic vegetatation.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
- Taylor, B. (2020). Giant Coot (Fulica gigantea). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53703 on 13 February 2020)
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