Coot (Common/Eurasian) Fulica atra

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Coot Coots have a white forehead shield . . .
Coot feet . . . and amazing feet.
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Also called Common or Eurasian Coot to distinguish from other global (especially American) species, they are related to Moorhens and Water Rails.
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Coot They are argumentative birds in the breeding season and will raise their wings like a tent to appear bigger to bluff opponents.
Coot Males will even chase large fish away from their nesting territory.
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Coot fight
Coot Coot Males will also fight other coots (and moorhens) and can inflict serious injury with their large clawed feet or their beaks.