Ulla du Lac

Ulla du Lac

Posted on 05/16/2013


Photo taken on May  8, 2013


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Pandarine
Pandarine
Nice family! :-)
4 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Looks a bit like a "Moorehen (Rørhønne)
4 years ago.
Ulla du Lac
Ulla du Lac
Yes, it's identified in the comments to one of the other pics as 'common moorhen', and from the German name also given there, I'd say it was "Blishøne" in Danish, but isn't that closely related to "rørhøne"?
4 years ago.
Stormlizard has replied to Ulla du Lac
Ulla, Blishøne is the Coot, a black water Rail with a white beak, is larger than the Moorehen (Rørhøne). Both are water birds that feed by diving. The Moorehen often runs along the bed of a river while searching for food, they are able to remain submerged for a long time.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Ulla du Lac
Ulla du Lac
Yes, my dictionary says 'coot' too. I've also been told (at school) that the size is the main difference between the two, like you say.
These are black and fairly large. Colouring of beak and other details may be local. I googled them, and American moorhens look quite different from European. I don't know if they have coots over there, a nature-interested Canadian friend doesn't even know the word.
Ours are great divers, but what they do down there I don't know. :)
4 years ago.
Stormlizard has replied to Ulla du Lac
There are about 15 seperate species listed for Moorhens, some differ more but generally they have similar beak colours. There are actually two listed for India, the Eurasian one and a North Indian version. Don't know much about the Coot having North American species but they do have them in parks and zoos.
They search for various foods plants, insects etc.
4 years ago.
Ulla du Lac
Ulla du Lac
15 - quite a few!
I don't remember now how the American species differed. Maybe not in beak colour.
4 years ago.
Stormlizard has replied to Ulla du Lac
I can't either but as far as i know they had similar beaks.
For your Canadian friend here is a pic of an American coot in Alberta.
American Coot (Fulica americana) on a lake in Alberta
Latin name (Fulica americana)
4 years ago.
Ulla du Lac
Ulla du Lac
Oh, thanks. She lives in Quebec.
4 years ago.
Stormlizard has replied to Ulla du Lac
If you google "American Coot" you can read all about it on Wikipedia. During winter when the water freezes over the Coots migrate southwards to return in Spring.
4 years ago.
Ulla du Lac
Ulla du Lac
I did google these birds originally, but I mostly looked at the pictures. I remember reading that American ornithologists insisted that theirs were a separate species, though.
Interesting info I get out of posting a few photos. :)
4 years ago.
Stormlizard has replied to Ulla du Lac
Yes Ulla, we learn from eachother.
4 years ago.