Coots can be found almost anywhere where there is (fresh) water. So too within Tapijn. They are quite common here, but they are often confused with the moorhen (see ‘read more’ for the differences). Just like the swans, every year, coots make their nest somewhere in the Jeker within Tapijn. Both male and female coots defend their territory fiercely. Regularly, the fishing grey heron that comes too close to the coot nest proves to be no match for angry parents.
Relationship with humans
Why we do what we do
Coots are survivors that can manage in many different habitats. The city is no exception. Even in canals with relatively little vegetation on the banks – which is what coots originally need – coots do just fine. Waste that people discard is even used to build nests.
The lobes between the toes clearly show that coots were originally swamp dwellers.