description: Melton Mowbrey country park June 10 2017: Warm over cast day by the country park lake mother and her cygnets, cyclist rides along cycle path, dog watchers cygnets as father lands near his young young Coot feeds off mother, Tufted duck. ©Clifford Norton/ Live News Coots are small water birds that are members of the Rallidae (rail) family. They constitute the genus Fulica, the name being the Latin for "coot".[1] Coots have predominantly black plumage, and—unlike many rails—they are usually easy to see, often swimming in open water. They are close relatives of the moorhen.
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