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American Coot

Fulica americana Gmelin, JF, 1789

The American coot, also known as a mud hen or pouldeau, is a bird of the family Rallidae. Though commonly mistaken for ducks, American coots are only distantly related to ducks, belonging to a separate order. Unlike the webbed feet of ducks, coots have broad, lobed scales on their lower legs and toes that fold back with each step in order to facilitate walking on dry land. Coots live near water, typically inhabiting wetlands and open water bodies in North America. Groups of coots are called covers or rafts. The oldest known coot lived to be 22 years old. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Gruiformes
Family:
  Rallidae
Genus:
   Fulica
Scientific:
  Fulica americana


Original description

Citation:
  Gmelin, JF, 1789

Reference:
  Syst.Nat. p.704

Protonym:
  Fulica americana

Link:
  https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/2656197


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  4FB248BAEFEC2868

Avibase ID:
  avibase-4FB248BA

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/4FB248BA


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 176292

Geographic range:

  • Fulica americana americana: North America (southern Alaska south to northwestern Costa Rica), the Caribbean (Greater and Lesser Antilles), and northern South America (northern Venezuela)
  • Fulica americana columbiana: Andes of Colombia to n Ecuador
English:
American Coot
Catalan:
fotja americana
Czech:
lyska americká
Danish:
Amerikansk Blishøne
German:
Indianerblässhuhn
Spanish:
Focha americana
Spanish (Spain):
Focha Americana
Finnish:
amerikannokikana
French:
Foulque d'Amérique
Croatian:
američka liska
Hungarian:
Gyűrűcsőrű szárcsa
Icelandic:
Kolhæna
Italian:
Folaga americana
Japanese (romaji):
amerikaooban
Japanese:
アメリカオオバン
Lithuanian:
amerikinis laukys
Dutch:
Amerikaanse Meerkoet
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Amerikasothøne
Norwegian:
Amerikasothøne
Polish:
łyska amerykańska
Portuguese:
galeirão-americano
Russian:
Американская лысуха
Slovak:
lyska popolavá
Serbian:
Američka liska
Swedish:
amerikansk sothöna
Ukrainian:
лиска американська
Chinese:
美洲骨顶
Chinese (Traditional):
美洲瓣蹼雞


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 57th suppl.):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 58th suppl.):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 59th suppl.):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 60th suppl.):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 61st suppl.):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 61st suppl. and addendum):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 62nd suppl.):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
American or Caribbean Coot ( Fulica [americana or caribaea])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
American or Caribbean Coot ( Fulica [americana or caribaea])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6 (Dec 2021):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Clements, version 2021:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Clements, version 2017:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Clements, version 2018:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Clements, version 2019:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
eBird version 1.50:
American/Caribbean Coot ( Fulica americana/caribaea)
eBird version 1.52:
American/Caribbean Coot ( Fulica americana/caribaea)
eBird version 1.53:
American/Caribbean Coot ( Fulica americana/caribaea)
eBird version 1.54:
American/Caribbean Coot ( Fulica americana/caribaea)
eBird version 1.55:
American/Caribbean Coot ( Fulica americana/caribaea)
eBird version 2015:
American/Caribbean Coot ( Fulica americana/caribaea)
eBird version 2016:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
eBird version 2018:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
eBird version 2019:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
eBird version 2021:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 10.1:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 10.2:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 11.1:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 11.2:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 12.1:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (28/07/2016):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
South American Classification Committee (22/04/2017):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
South American Classification Committee (4/06/2018):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
South American Classification Committee (6/06/2019):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
South American Classification Committee (20/02/2020):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
South American Classification Committee (8/06/2020):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
South American Classification Committee (24/08/2021):
American Coot ( Fulica americana)
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.01:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.02:
American Coot ( Fulica americana) [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes nominal subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Fulica [americana, alai, ardesiaca] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Other synonyms


Afrikaans: Amerikaanse bleshoender
Asturian: Gallarón americanu
Azerbaijani: Amerika qaşqaldağı
Belarusian: Амерыканская лыска
Bulgarian: Американска лиска
Bengali: িঅমভচযকান জরকুক্কুট
Bengali (transliteration): āmērikāna jalakukkuṭa*
Breton: Jualenn-Amerika
Catalan: fotja americana
Chipewyan: tsath anné
Cree: sihkihp, tshakek
Cree, Plains: tshakek
Cree (syllabic): ᓯᐦᑭᐦᑊ
Czech: lyska americká
Welsh: Cwtiar America
Danish: Amerikansk Blishøne
German: Amerikanisches Blässhuhn, Indianerblässhuhn
Greek: Αμερικαvική φαλαρίδα, Αμερικανική Φαλαρίδα
English: American Coot, American or Caribbean Coot, American/Caribbean Coot
English, HBW: American Coot
English (IOC): American Coot
English (United States): American Coot
Esperanto: Amerika fuliko
Spanish: Focha americana, Gallareta Americana
Spanish (Argentine): Gallareta Andina
Spanish (Colombia): Focha americana
Spanish (Costa Rica): Focha Americana
Spanish (Cuba): Gallareta de pico blanco
Spanish (Dominican Rep.): Gallareta Pico Blanco Americana
Spanish (Ecuador): Focha Americana
Spanish (Spain): Focha Americana
Spanish (HBW): American/Caribbean Coot
Spanish (Honduras): Polla negra de agua
Spanish (Mexico): Gallareta Americana, Gallareta Americana/Caribeña
Spanish (Panama): Gallareta Americana
Spanish (Puerto Rico): Gallinazo Americano
Spanish (Venezuela): Gallineta Cenicienta, Gallineta Pico de Plata
Estonian: ameerika lauk
Basque: Kopetazuri amerikar, Kopetazuri amerikarra
Finnish: amerikannokikana
Faroese: Amerikonsk sjogvhøna, Amerikonsk sjógvhøna
French: Foulque d’Amérique, Foulque d'Amérique, Foulque d'Amérique ou F. à cachet blanc
Frisian: Amerikaanske markol
Irish: Cearc cheanann Mheiriceánach, Cearc Cheannann Mheiriceánach
Guadeloupean Creole French: Poule d'eau à cachet blanc
Galician: Carquexa, Galo copo americano, Galo de auga americano
Manx: Kiark ushtey Americaanagh
Haitian Creole French: Poul dlo jidèl
Hebrew: אגמית אמריקנית
Croatian: američka liska
Hungarian: Amerikai szárcsa, Gyűrűcsőrű szárcsa, gyűrűscsőrű szárcsa
Icelandic: Kolhæna
Italian: Folaga americana
Japanese (romaji): amerikaooban, amerika-ooban, amerikaooban/karibuooban
Japanese: アメリカオオバン, アメリカオオバン/カリブオオバン
Kara-Kalpak: Америка қасқалдағы
Kazakh: Америка қасқалдағы
Kirghiz: Америка кашкалдагы
Scientific: Fulica [americana or caribaea], Fulica americana, Fulica americana americana, Fulica americana/caribaea, Fulica hesterna
Lithuanian: amerikinis laukys
Latvian: Amerikas laucis
Macedonian: Американска лиска
Maltese: Tiġieġa ta'l-Amerika
Dutch: Amerikaanse Meerkoet, Amerikaanse Meerkoet/Caribische Koet
Norwegian Nynorsk: Amerikasothøne
Norwegian: Amerikasothøne
Polish: łyska amerykańska
Portuguese: galeirão-americano
Portuguese (Portugal): Galeirão-americano
Rhaeto-Romance: Fulca americana
Romanian: Lişiţă americană
Russian: Американская лысуха
Northern Sami: Amerihkágiehpavuonccis
Slovak: lyska popolavá
Slovenian: ameriška liska
Albanian: Bajza amerikane
Serbian: Američka liska
Swedish: amerikansk sothöna
Turkish: Amerika Mekesi
Ukrainian: лиска американська
Uzbek: Америка қашқалдоғи
Chinese: 美洲骨顶
Chinese (Traditional): 美洲瓣蹼雞

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