White-winged Coot (Fulica leucoptera)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Identification & Behavior: ~40 cm (16 in). The White-winged Coot has a blackish head and neck with the rest of the body gray. It has a distinctive pale bill with a nobby yellow forehead. The tip of the secondary flight feathers is white (visible in flight). The legs are greenish. The undertail feathers are gray.  It is similar to the pale-billed/yellow forehead form of the Andean Coot.

Status: The White-winged coot is known from sight records from Laguna de Mejia in the coastal region of Arequipa. It also occurs in Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Gallareta de ala blanca.

Sub-species: White-winged Coot (Fulica leucoptera) Vieillot, 1817.

Meaning of Name: Fulica: L. fulica= a Coot. leucoptera: Gr. leukos= white and pteros, pterux= with wings, wing.

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