Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Gruiformes > Family: Rallidae > Genus: Fulica > Species: Fulica cristata

Crested Coot - Fulica cristata Gmelin, 1789

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Endangered (IUCN)
EU Population status
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 3 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 47 are designated for this species
Breeding habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code A126


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Threat and EU population status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

EU population status

The status of the population at the EU level was evaluated at the species level; this was based on the reports delivered by Member States under Article 12 of the Birds Directive (see fact sheet below). The EU status assessment can cover several subspecies/subspecific population units. For more information, please consult the species fact sheet and link below.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered
Population status categories for bird species under the Birds Directive
Near Threatened, declining or depleted
Threatened (i.e. vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, regionally extinct)
Unknown or not evaluated

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
ES0000020 Spain Delta de l'Ebre Map
ES0000024 Spain Doñana Map
ES0000025 Spain Marismas del Odiel Map
ES0000026 Spain Complejo Endorreico de Espera Map
ES0000027 Spain Laguna de Medina Map
ES0000028 Spain Complejo Endorreico de Chiclana Map
ES0000029 Spain Complejo Endorreico del Puerto de Santa María Map
ES0000030 Spain Complejo Endorreico de Puerto Real Map
ES0000034 Spain Lagunas del Sur de Córdoba Map
ES0000048 Spain Punta Entinas-Sabinar Map
ES0000058 Spain el Fondo d'Elx-Crevillent Map
ES0000146 Spain Delta del Llobregat Map
ES0000211 Spain Desembocadura del riu Millars Map
ES0000272 Spain Brazo del Este Map
ES0000273 Spain Embalse de Cordobilla Map
ES0000274 Spain Embalse de Malpasillo Map
ES0000275 Spain Complejo Endorreico de Lebrija-Las Cabezas Map
ES0000398 Spain Llanos y Complejo Lagunar de la Albuera Map
ES6110001 Spain Albufera de Adra Map
ES6120014 Spain Laguna de Las Canteras y El Tejón Map
ES6150003 Spain Estero de Domingo Rubio Map
ES6170001 Spain Laguna de La Ratosa Map
ES6170015 Spain Lagunas de Campillos Map
ES6180001 Spain Complejo Endorreico de Utrera Map
ES6180002 Spain Complejo Endorreico de La Lantejuela Map
ES6160001 Spain Laguna Honda Map
ES6150013 Spain Dunas del Odiel Map
ES6150001 Spain Laguna de El Portil Map
PTCON0034 Portugal Comporta / Galé Map
ES6120011 Spain Laguna de Los Tollos Map
ES6150017 Spain Marisma de Las Carboneras Map
ES6150021 Spain Corredor Ecológico del Río Tinto Map
ES6130015 Spain Río Guadalquivir -Tramo Medio Map
ES6150009 Spain Doñana Norte y Oeste Map
ES6150019 Spain Bajo Guadalquivir Map
ES6160004 Spain Laguna Grande Map
ES6150004 Spain Lagunas de Palos y Las Madres Map
ES0000451 Spain Montdúver-Marjal de la Safor Map
ES0000450 Spain Marjal i Estanys d'Almenara Map
ES0000470 Spain Marjal dels Moros (ZEPA) Map
ES0000471 Spain l'Albufera (ZEPA) Map
ES0000467 Spain Prat de Cabanes i Torreblanca (ZEPA) Map
ES6180017 Spain Campiñas de Sevilla Map
ES0000462 Spain Clot de Galvany Map
ES0000484 Spain el Fondo d'Elx-Crevillent (ZEPA) Map
ES0000487 Spain Marjal de Pego-Oliva (ZEPA) Map
ES0000486 Spain Salines de Santa Pola (ZEPA) Map

Protected sites

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 30 November 2009, on the conservation of wild birds (EU Birds Directive)
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention)

Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention lists the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures [and the designation of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) forming for the Emerald network]
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds. Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (AEWA) http://www.migratoryspecies....ent/about-cms-family

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Bütykös szárcsa Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Crested Coot English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Focha cornuda Spanish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Focha Moruna Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Folaga cornuta Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Foulque à crête French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Foulque caronculée French EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Galeirão-de-crista Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Kamblishøne Danish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Kammbläßhuhn German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Kamsothöna Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Knobbelmeerkoet Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Syylänokikana Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
No synonyms available.

Other resources

Bird action plan
CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EBCC Atlas of breeding birds European Bird Census Council's Atlas of Breeding Birds
EURing code:04310 European bird-ringing
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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