Horned Coot (Fulica cornuta)

Order: Gruiformes | Family: Rallidae  | IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chile

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Laguna Jancoccota, Arequipa.

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Laguna Jancoccota, Arequipa

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Laguna Salinas, Arequipa

Identification & Behavior: ~50 cm (20 In). The Horned Coot is blackish with shades of gray. The bill is yellow and reddish with a horn on top of the upper mandible. The legs are greenish gray. The undertail feathers are gray. It is similar to other species of coot but is distinguished by its large size and a yellow bill with a horn-like appendage above the culmen. See Andean Coot and Giant Coot.

Status: The Horned Coot is known in Peru from sight records in Laguna de Salinas 2013 and Laguna Janccocota (Colca), both in Arequipa.

Name in Spanish: Gallareta Cornuda.

Sub-species: Horned Coot (Fulica cornuta) Bonaparte, 1853.

Meaning of Name: Fulica: L. fulica= a Coot. cornuta: L. Cornotus= horn.

See more of the Family Rallidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • 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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 01/01/2015.