The Eurasian Coot
The Eurasian Coot is another water bird I saw on my daily walks around the pond in Doreen. The Coot is often mistaken for a duck, however it is smaller in size and has a distinctive white bill and face shield. Its body is a sooty grey, with a black neck. It has red eyes and grey legs.
What does it eat?
The Eurasian Coot is widely distributed throughout Australia, and is found in swamp areas, lakes, reservoirs, creeks and rivers.The Coot will dive for its food and is a good swimmer and flyer. It feeds on vegetable matter with a few insects, worms and fish to supplement the diet.
Breeding season is from winter to spring, but they may breed at any time if conditions are favorable. The Eurasian Coot can be very aggressive towards other species during the breeding season and have been known to kill other young birds and take over the nest. It is a wild bird and has been known to kill its own young in a season when food is scarce.
The nest of the Eurasian Coot may be built on floating vegetation, in reeds, or on logs or tree stumps surrounded by water. Both birds share the incubation and parenting duties. It lays 7-10 eggs which are whitish in color and spotted. The chicks are a soft downy black with an orange-red head and a red bill, very tiny and very cute.
The Eurasian Coot sometimes gather in large flocks with other wild birds such as grebes and swans on large expanses of water out of the breeding season.
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