dark charcoal plumage; white bill and frontal shield (Spain; 2006-06-10)

Eurasian Coot
Fulica atra

Native Range: Eurasia, Australian Region, Oriental Region

Notes: the Old-world counterpart of North America's American Coot, which it closely resembles in appearance and behavior.

dorsal view; red iris contrasts with black head (Luxembourg; 2007-10-21)

frontal view; white shield extends up forehead (Luxembourg; 2007-10-21)

yellowish feet and legs; lobed toes (Northern Ireland; 2008-09-15)