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Crested coot
Fulica cristata

Map of the common names

Sturdy waterbird (L 40 cm), ussually difficult to pick out in mixed flocks with Coot (Fulica atra), especially during non-breeding season when the red "horns" are small and insignificant. The three main habitats frequented by Crested Coot are natural marshes, marshes transformed into rice-fields and small, shallow, inland lagoons, semi-permanent or seasonal, with dense vegetation. All such wetland habitats has abundant submerged macrophytes. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Crested Coot is "endangered" in the EU, where only about 20 breeding pairs occurs. There are no clearly reasons which explain this marked decline, but it could be related with north Africa population trends.Today, the main threat is hunting of Crested Coot during summer and autumn.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
less than 50 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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