Andean Coot*
Fulica ardesiaca
(L 15.25-17")
Found at high elevations (2200-
3900 m)...as well as sea level
...closely related to American Coot.
Lake Mika
Antisana Ecological Reserve
Ecuador
12Jan2011
*aka Slate-colored Coot
Fulica means
waterfowl.
Oh Coot! oh bold, adventurous Coot, 
I pray thee tell to me, 
The perils of that stormy lime 
That bore thee to the sea! 
(Mary Howitt)