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Giant Coot

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Photo © by Stanley JonesCordillera Blanca, Huascaran National Park, Laguna Patochocha, Pachacoto, Ancash, Peru, August 2017
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Cordillera Blanca, Huascaran National Park, Laguna Patochocha, Pachacoto, Ancash, Peru, August 2017
Fulica gigantea


[edit] Identification

48–59 cm (19-23¼ 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.

[edit] Distribution

Note distinctive head shapePhoto © by megan perkinsSalinas N. Park, Peru November 2005
Note distinctive head shape
Photo © by megan perkins
Salinas N. Park, Peru November 2005

South America: found in the Andes of southern Peru to northern Chile and northwestern Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Lakes of the high Andean steppe with adjacent puna grassland. Observed at heights around 3,491 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Monogomous. Constructs nest on floating plant material.

[edit] Diet

JuvenilePhoto © by Stanley JonesNear Abra Pampa, Jujuy Province, Argentina, October 2019
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Near Abra Pampa, Jujuy Province, Argentina, October 2019

Their diet consists almost entirely of aquatic vegetatation.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
  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 on 13 February 2020)
  4. Birdforum Member observations

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