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Common Coot (मरुल) - Fulica atra | by आशुतोष झुड़ेले
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Common Coot (मरुल) - Fulica atra

All-black and larger than its cousin, the moorhen, it has a distinctive white beak and 'shield' above the beak which earns it the title 'bald'. Its feet have distinctive lobed flaps of skin on the toes, which act instead of webs when swimming. It patters noisily over the water before taking off and can be very aggressive towards others.

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Taken on May 15, 2016