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White-winged Coot - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by luisrock62
Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 5 December 2004
Fulica leucoptera


Yellow bill, pale yellow to bright orange shield (not separated by red), white undertail coverts and broad white tips to the secondaries which are visible in flight.

Similar Species

Red-gartered Coot has white on leading edge of wing, not on secondaries.


Extreme southeastern Brazil to eastern Bolivia and south through Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, and Argentina to Tierra del Fuego.


A monotypic species.


Swamps and freshwater lakes, freshwater lagoons, ponds and marshes, preferring sandy or grassy shores. Found from sea level to mid elevations.


Like most other coots. Forages mostly on aquatic vegetation. Feeds mostly at the surface but dives occasionally and sometimes grazes on land away from water. Nest is a floating mass of vegetation. Monogamous and territorial when breeding, but social forming large flocks in non-breeding season.


  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019
  2. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3

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