Scientific name: Fulica atra
A familiar black bird of our lakes, ponds and rivers, the Coot is widespread; look out for its large and untidy-looking nest on the water in spring. The Coot can be distinguished from the similar Moorhen by its white beak and 'shield', and its entirely black body.
Average lifespan: 5 years
Common. Classified in the UK as Green under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015). Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.