Giant Coot (Fulica gigantea)

Order: Gruiformes | Family: Rallidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Huaraz, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

Age: Juveniles | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cusco, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

Identification & Behavior: ~56 cm (22 in). The Giant Coot is blackish with shades of gray. The lower mandible and tip of the upper mandible are bright crimson. The sides of the upper mandible are yellow with a white center. The legs are bright red. The undertail feathers are gray. It is similar to Andean Coot but is distinguished by larger size, red legs in adults, and distinctive ornate bill and forehead.

Status: The Giant Coot if fairly common in the high Andean Lakes they occur. It has been reported from shallow lakes at up to 4,600 m. It is also a rare vagrant visitor to coastal wetlands. It also occurs in Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Gallareta Gigante.

Sub-species: Giant Coot (Fulica gigantea) Eydoux & Souleyet, 1841.

Meaning of Name: Fulica: L. fulica= a Coot. gigantea: L large, giant. In reference to the large size of this bird.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.